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Memorial Weekend Openings, Only One Closing

Riverside Grill. [Photo: Google Maps]

A few Portland businesses managed to open in time for the Memorial Day crowds, while one closed up shop Friday.

1) Deering: With the note "Great Food and Drink...spread the word!" chef/manager Steve Quattrucci announced via email that Riverside Grill opened Friday. Quattrucci, the food service manager for the City of Portland and the former chef/owner of Back Bay Grill, intends to draw more than just the golf crowd to the campus of the Riverside Golf Course, with a locally-focused menu that could change daily. Curious about the selection and pricing? See the website's sample menus, with no dinner entrees over $18.

2) Old Port: Vincenza's Italian Bakery opened its second location on Saturday at 10 Exchange Street, according to Portland Food Map. The original bakery in Saco was closed for the long weekend while the owners celebrated the new opening. Will the new location add yet another gelato option to the crowded neighborhood?

3) Old Port: Another business opened a second location in the Old Port on Saturday, as Old Port Spirits and Cigars officially replaced Downeast Beverage at 79 Commercial Street. Food writer and personality Joe Ricchio, who has history with Downeast, posted a picture of the finished space with effusive compliments for the accomplishments of new owner Jacques deVillier, who also owns Old Port Wine and Cigar down the street.

4) Old Port: Portland Food Map reported that Down Home Cookin' on Preble Street was closing for good at the end of the day Friday, as "the owners are moving to Oregon." See the restaurant's Facebook post for the full announcement, and let the speculation begin on which "local person" bought the business and what his or her "great plans for the space" are.
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