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James Beard Awards name 12 semifinalists in Maine


Twelve Maine chefs and restaurants have been named semifinalists for the 2017 James Beard Awards. Finalists for all award categories will be announced on March 15. Winners will be announced at the...

Machias restaurant rebrands itself as nano brewery

Skywalker’s, which opened in Machias in 2013, is reinventing itself as a nano brewery, Machias River Brewing Co.

Jasper’s in Ellsworth closes after 60 years

After 60 years in business, Jasper’s Restaurant in Ellsworth has served its last meal.

L.L.Bean offers buyouts, rethinking its return policies

L.L.Bean's announcement that it's moving to cut costs included the typical measures of offering voluntary early retirements and freezing pensions. But it's also rethinking policies that affect...

Beloved neighborhood pub in Portland changes hands

Laurie Schreiber |

PORTLAND — Who better to buy a much-loved local bar than two long-time patrons who also have a ton of experience in the food industry?

New wine bar helps boost downtown Biddeford

The latest addition to Biddeford’s nightlife scene is Uncorked Wine Bar, located at the corner of Main and Franklin Streets in the downtown district.

Halal meat business leverages new market opportunities

Businesses in Gardiner and Hallowell see new opportunities in the immigrant Muslim population for growing the halal meat business.

Ramblers Way set to open N.H. store

Ramblers Way, a Kennebunk-based apparel company started by Tom's of Maine founder Tom Chappell, continues its retail expansion.

Lewiston restaurant’s changes build on ‘local’

The owners of Rails Restaurant, which opened in Lewiston in 2014, have sold the restaurant to their daughter, who plans to update it.

Bob Evans' stock skyrockets on Dow Jones' record-breaking day

James McCarthy |

Bob Evans Farms got an initial vote of confidence from investors over its announcement Tuesday that it was selling its national chain of 523 restaurants to a California-based private equity company...