Tropical Tastes International Market has opened on Harlow Street in Bangor

A new market catering to eastern Maine’s immigrant communities opened three weeks ago on Harlow Street in Bangor, next door to Northern Kingdom Music. Tropical Tastes International Market, owned and operated by Angela Okafor, opened in late January, offering up African, Caribbean and Latin American food specialties and African hair and body products and clothing. […]

12 Maine chefs and restaurants named semi-finalists for 2017 James Beard Awards

Ravin Nakjaroen (left) and his wife, Paula Palakawong, co-owners of Long Grain in Camden.

This year’s semi-finalists for the 2017 James Beard Awards were announced Wednesday morning, and a record 12 Maine chefs and restaurants were on the list. Eight of those chefs and restaurants are up for national-level awards, including a first-time Best Restaurant nomination for Chase’s Daily, the longtime farm to table, vegetarian restaurant in Belfast. Chase’s […]

MDI restaurateur and billionaire together buy Islesford Dock restaurant from longtime owners

BDN file photo of Mitchell Rales

Mt. Desert Island restaurateur Michael Boland, owner of Havana and Choco-Latte in Bar Harbor, and billionaire and part-time Northeast Harbor resident Mitchell Rales have together purchased the Islesford Dock restaurant on Little Cranberry Island from longtime owners Dan and Cynthia Lief, who have retired. In a press release, Boland said they intend to keep the […]