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January 26, 2024

Friday Food Insider: The owner of Sur Lie and Gather plans to open a cafe in Biddeford

Courtesy / Krista Cole Catface Cafe will open at 17 Alfred St., in Biddeford. Here is a rendering of what the new facade will look like once renovations are complete.

The Biddeford food scene is continuing to grow, this time with a new brunch spot.

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Krista Cole

Krista Cole, the owner and director of operations behind Sur Lie in Portland and Gather in Yarmouth, plans to open a breakfast and lunch spot called Catface Cafe in downtown Biddeford on March. 1. 

Catface, which means a partially healed scar on a tree or log, is a nod to her roots as a native Mainer — and to her father, who is a mill worker, from Patten.

“Biddeford is becoming such a fun and upcoming foodie city,” said Cole. “Being a mill town girl myself and my dad being a third-generation mill worker, there's something sentimental about the old mill town and the rich history it has in Maine.”

The new cafe will be at 17 Alfred St., formerly occupied by the specialty market and lunch spot Part & Parcel. Its owners decided to close their doors on Dec. 23 after more than five years of business. 

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Here's a current view of the building where Catface Cafe will open.

Cole told Mainebiz that she's a friend of the owners, who reached out to say they were closing. Cole and her partner in Catface Cafe, Tyler VanScoy, checked out the property in October and decided it would be the perfect fit for a new restaurant. 

“They spoke so much of the community they had built and wanted that to be carried on,” said Cole. “I think we can stand out and do something super cool and fun that the area really needs. Plus, I'm a small-town girl at heart, so the thought of contributing to Biddeford made me super excited.”

The new space is 1,300 square feet and will accommodate 25 people. There's also outdoor seating, including a charming back patio, in the summer.

Cole said the space doesn't need any renovation work. She and VanScoy are just putting some touches on things, adding their brand to the space and adding new furniture. 

About the cafe

Mimi Weissenborn, the executive chef at Cole's restaurants Sur Lie and Gather, is spearheading the culinary program and will offer a seasonal Maine-inspired menu with an elevated modern flare. 

Guests can expect breakfast sandwiches, toasts, salads and sandwiches during the week, then some fun brunch items on the weekend. The cafe will also have a specialty coffee program, beer, wine and fun boozy breakfast cocktails. 

Catface will be open for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Cole said their hours will tentatively be Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch.

What are some brunch spots that your foodie friend should check out? The Mainebiz Food Insider wants to know! Contact Alexis Wells at

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