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Modern Soda Fountain Under Development in Portland

Restaurateur Jay Villani is helping two employees find a space.

A drink at Vena's Fizz House, Portland.
A drink at Vena's Fizz House, Portland.
Kyle J. Norris

According to Portland Food Map, Garry Bowcott and chef Nicholas Nappi of Local 188 are seeking space in Portland for a new restaurant. "The concept is a 're-imagining of the classic soda fountain'," the blog reports, with Jay Villani — owner of Local 188, Sonny's, and Salvage BBQ, with stake in Bunker Brewing Company — and real estate agent Joe Malone involved in the search.

Between places like Waltz Soda Fountain in Damariscotta and The Goldenrod in York Beach, the state does have some classic examples of the concept, while Portland has a modern take on the style in Vena's Fizz House, which recently added alcohol to the menu. Add to that the proliferation of renowned eateries like Central Provisions and Duckfat with house-made sodas on the menu, and this seems like a theme that has legs.

Central Provisions

414 Fore Street, , ME 04101 (207) 805-1085 Visit Website


43 Middle Street , Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-8080

Local 188

685 Congress Street, , ME 04102 (207) 761-7909 Visit Website

Vena's Fizz House

345 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 747-4901