It has been a busy few weeks in the Bangor dining scene. First, L’Aperitif, Tapas Restaurant & Eurolounge opened Tuesday in the former Opus restaurant location at 193 Broad St. Owners Wendy and Dennis Glidden have spent months painstakingly renovating the space, which boasts black, white and chrome accents, a brand-new bar and leather seats. Chef Timothy Prescott, a veteran of the Las Vegas dining scene and based out of Portland, has created a hip, diverse menu highlighting many different European cuisines. Later in the month, on Aug. 25, another new Bangor eatery, The Fiddlehead Restaurant, opens at 84 Hammond St., most recently occupied by Cafe Nouveau. Co-owners Melissa Chaiken and Laura Albin, former chef and maitre d’ of the New Moon Cafe, bill themselves as “elegant casual” dining, with a focus on local and organic foods. Chaiken and Albin intend to offer simple and delicious fare, and Fiddlehead’s will boast a juice and coffee bar, and specialty sangrias made fresh daily. Both restaurants are on Facebook; call Fiddlehead Restaurant at 942-3336, and call L’Aperitif at 469-5198.
Laura’s Kitchen in hot water
Here’s a note of support for a southern Maine business. Wells breakfast and lunch spot Laura’s Kitchen is in dire straits and may be forced to close. Owners Laura and Dean Franks came to the United States from Great Britain in 2000, after many vacations in Maine led them to fall in love with the state. Despite having had their work visas accepted and extended three times in the past, this time around their applications were denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The grounds? Their business wasn’t as profitable as it was two years ago. According to an article by the Portland Press Herald’s Ann S. Kim and carried in the Bangor Daily News’ Aug. 11 edition, the Frankses say that while their profit margins have dropped a little bit in 2009 due to the recession, they are still making money and are able to support themselves. The State Department has nevertheless given the couple 30 days to leave the country. The Frankses are appealing to President Obama, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree to reverse the decision; you can write to the politicians or call Laura’s Kitchen at 646-4894 to ask how you can help. Or you can stop in the next time you’re in York County, and have some tasty English-style sausages and home fries.
Catch this new show
A new Discovery Channel series called “Swords: Life on the Line” debuted Tuesday, telling stories about swordfishing boats around New England. Isle au Haut native Linda Greenlaw, fisherwoman, author and all-around modern-day maritime legend, is featured on the program, which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Greenlaw’s boat, the Sea Hawk, is based out of Fairhaven, Mass., and catches swordfish with a crew of four. Think of it as a “Deadliest Catch” for the East Coast. For more info, visit http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/swords.
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