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Luke's Lobster continues rapid expansion

Lori Valigra |

Luke Holden's calm demeanor belies his fast-paced life. The co-founder of Luke's Lobster, which started in 2009, opened his 24th U.S. shack in Philadelphia on July 21,...

Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages raising the prices on low-end liquor

The state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations has scheduled price hikes both on liquor mini-bottles and larger bottles of low-end liquor brands.

Maine Food Insider: Ducktrap River doubles production capacity with purchase of building

Lori Valigra |

Ducktrap River of Maine, a Belfast smoked salmon and seafood producer, has bought the former Little River Apparel building next to it and plans to double production capacity starting next Feb. 1.

New coffee trend: Demand grows for nitro

Coffee shops in Portland and elsewhere are seeing growing demand for a new specialty coffee that’s chilled by infusing it with nitrogen.

Prominent chef transforming colonial Buxton homestead into classic smokehouse-restaurant

Laurie Schreiber |

A prominent chef bought a 1780 colonial homestead in Buxton for $230,000, eyeing it as the ideal spot for an old-style New England smokehouse and restaurant.

Revving up for rum production in Gardiner

Craft beer may be king in Maine, but could a rum revolution be brewing?

West Elm: National retailer with 'a small business mentality'

Peter Van Allen |

West Elm, a home-furnishings store that opened at 164 Middle St. Thursday, takes over 12,000 square feet on a prime retail stretch that includes Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Stonewall Kitchen,...

GrandyOats wins 'best granola' award for new grain-free product


GrandyOats, a Hiram-based maker of organic cereals and snacks, won the “best granola” award in Delicious Living magazine's fifth annual Best Bite Awards competition.

Immigrant-welcoming food market proposed in Augusta

A group of organizers is proposing to build a food market in downtown Augusta as a welcome center for immigrants.

Meet Coffee By Design's new director of training: Nathan Hann, a barista with a film studies degree

Renee Cordes |

Nathan Hann, the new director of training for Portland-based Coffee By Design, can tell you all about coffee's fascinating taste nuances using the Coffee Taster's Flavor...