Just in time for the holiday weekend, Tomaso's Canteen soft-opened last night; expect regular hours starting today, with food and drinks served from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week (though the bar opens at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving day). Named for owner Samuel Minervino's great-grandfather, it's clear the Canteen is related to Minervino's other local establishment, Samuel's Bar and Grill, with familiar items like the famous "dirt wings" on the menu. Tomaso's replaces dive bar Sangillo's Tavern in the cozy building at 18 Hampshire Street in Portland, and feels like a comfortable little shotgun house.
After a full renovation, the space now seats around 32 with 14 spots at the main bar, 14 at the tables along the front wall, and four at a short bar near the entrance. There's a jukebox up front that doubles as a photo booth for late-night shenanigans. A chalkboard wall above the bar lists craft beer cans, and four rotating draft lines feature pints of local beer like Shipyard Export and Rising Tide Cutter ranging from $5-7. The bar menu includes wine by the glass or bottle, beer and shot pairings like The Italian-American (a can of Budweiser and Fernet Branca for $8), and strong, pint-glass mixed drinks like the Tomaso's Collins, a pleasantly dry take on a classic Tom Collins with gin, lemon, lime, turbinado syrup, and soda for $9.
And of course from the newly-added kitchen comes food, like the aforementioned bone-in or boneless wings in three flavors; flat-top burgers (the triple-decker will only set you back $9); sandwiches including fried haddock and NY pastrami for under $10; and even a house salad for $6. See the full menu below. For those missing Sangillo's signature "dishes," Eater has received some good news: there will be Jell-o shots available, and chef Shawn Freeman, recently in the kitchen at now-defunct Joe's Boathouse in South Portland, may also be bringing back Hot Pockets in the near future. No word on if they'll be microwaved to perfection.
18 Hampshire Street, Portland, Facebook. Open daily 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.