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Beer on Water Street: Microbrewery, pizzeria planned for downtown Augusta

A project involving a new microbrewery and wood-fired pizza restaurant is being hailed as a major boost of efforts to revitalize Augusta’s Water Street.

Maine Restaurant Association names award winners

The Maine Restaurant Association has selected Jonathan West, owner of Jonathan's Restaurant in Ogunquit, for the honor of restaurateur of the year for 2017. West is celebrating 40 years in the...

L.L.Bean hires Portland agency to handle advertising


L.L.Bean said Wednesday it has named The VIA Agency in Portland as its agency of record.

Falmouth location is latest Radio Shack casualty

Radio Shack announced its bankruptcy filing in February 2015, and began closing stores in Maine, starting with 13 in Portland, Bangor, Brunswick and other communities. 

Super Bowl bet loser makes good with New England compatriots IPA

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After the New England Patriots' come-from-behind 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Scofflaw Brewing Co. of Atlanta is coming through in style with a new beer in its tasting...

Sea Bags opens 10th and largest store in Portsmouth

Sea Bags, the Portland-based company that makes nautical-themed totes from reclaimed sailcloth, opened its 10th and largest store along the Portsmouth, N.H., waterfront.

Maine's restaurant and lodging industry tops $3.6 billion

Restaurant and lodging sales in Maine reached another record high last year. The Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association said combined sales exceeded $3.6 billion in 2016, a...

Maine Brew Bus acquires Maine Beer Tours

The Maine Brew Bus LLC has acquired Maine Beer Tours LLC, a similar company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries and distilleries in Greater Portland.

Wiscasset restaurant calls it quits after four decades

Le Garage Restaurant, which has served ice cream and chowder in Wiscasset since 1974, will close April 30.

Amazon to tax Maine customers starting April 1

Amazon will start collecting a 5.5% sales tax from Maine customers beginning April 1.