1) PORTLAND — Calculated or otherwise, the separation of renowned chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier from "M.C. Union" couldn't have come at a better time to draw last-minute publicity to the Press Hotel eatery. Now called Union Restaurant and helmed by chef Joshua Berry, the restaurant has been open a total of one day yet showed up on a USA Today list of Maine's best lobster rolls published on May 10. Reservations are available from today. Breakfast is from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m., lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner is 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday brunch is 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Status: Certified open. 119 Exchange Street, Portland, (207) 808-8700.
2) KITTERY — Anju Noodle Bar's sister spot The Wallingford soft opened yesterday with a hefty drinks list. Prices range from $9 to $12 for featured cocktails, with some cheaper options in other categories; limited snacks will be available as well, changing daily. Check out pages three and four of the five page menu below, including a small, locally-driven draft list and something wild called The Russian (vodka, pickled herring, red onion, and preserved tomato). Bar manager/co-owner Michael Pazdon did promise to draw on Anju's famed pickling and fermenting skills in his pursuit of a farm-to-bar concept. Pazdon said locals have already nicknamed the cozy spot "The Dram," based on the logo, where "Dram" is short for "Dram Shop," another name for a pub. Regular hours begin today, Wednesday to Sunday 3:30 p.m. to midnight. Status: Certified open. 7 Wallingford Square Unit 101, Kittery, (207) 703-4298.