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Now Open: Thurston's Wicked Good Burgers and Valentina Coastal Maine Cuisine

Photo: Village Soup

Thurston's Wicked Good Burgers (the last word is variously spelled "Burger," "Burgers," or "Burger's," so we'll trust the logo on this one) opened last Thursday at 699 Forest Avenue, according to numerous sources (except the restaurant's website, which still said "Coming Soon" after opening day). This is the second month in a row Portland has seen the launch of a "Certified Angus beef" restaurant; a new trend?

Commenters cathandler and chicken little shed some light on the man behind the name: Frederick R. Thurston, president of Conifer Industries in New Gloucester, who owns and operates various franchises in the state, including the KFC displaced by the new burger (and frozen custard) joint. Twitter user Ted Bissell shared a photo of outdoor signage, indicating hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, as well as a look at a meal of burger and fries.

Thursday saw another restaurant opening, according to tipsters as well as a day-of press release with sample menu on Village Soup. Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen (referred to as Valentina Bistro in its liquor license application) replaces Fromviandoux at 20 Washington Street in Camden (though the online press release refers to the location as "the former Zaddick's Pizzeria").

The "casual Maine dinnerhouse" will be serving what it calls "New American" cuisine, featuring "locally sourced Maine ingredients." Dinner is from Wednesday to Monday, opening at 5 p.m. with a last seating at 9 p.m. The chef, Michael MacDonnel, is formerly of Natalie's at the Camden Harbor Inn and the Hartstone Inn of Camden. The website "will be up and running soon;" in the meantime, reservations can be made at 207-230-8145.
· All Thurston's Wicked Good Burgers Coverage [-EME-]
· Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen Press Release [Village Soup]