1) Munjoy Hill: Hilltop Superette has been testing subs in preparation for its opening—which should be June 30, according to a sign spotted by Portland Food Map. Facebook commenters immediately reminded the company that in Maine, "subs" are called "Italians;" the sandwiches will indeed be listed as "Italians" on the menu, said the company. More good news for those apparently clamoring for it: "[T]he burger basket will make a triumphant return!" A Press Herald piece from this week has owner Nate Philbrick describing the store's aim to be "a full-service grocery store on a small footprint." Also of note from the article: Apparently Grey Poupon is still a clear sign of gentrification.
2) Old Port: Piccolo has expanded its hours for the summer season. From Tuesday through Friday, the restaurant will feature a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Available on its new outdoor patio and at the Chef's Counter inside, deals will include Italian wines for $4 or $5 per glass; $3 beers (such as Brewfist Galaxie Saison, an Italian craft beer); $4 snacks; and $11 for a pasta of the day. The restaurant is also open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and for brunch on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3) Saco: It's official: Barreled Souls Brewing Company has an outdoor sign up on Route 1. The company, which is not quite ready for business yet, remarked on its Facebook photo that a "coming soon" banner could be useful, as customers had already been stopping in. Other recently-posted pictures show the makings of an oatmeal stout as well as the tasting room's tap handles, made of—what else?—barrel staves.
· All Hilltop Superette Coverage [-EME-]
· All Piccolo Coverage [-EME-]
· All Barreled Souls Coverage [-EME-]
[Photo: Barreled Souls Brewing Company, FB]