Wonder no more! It’s official!
Forage Market, a popular bakery/cafe with seating for about 25 people in Lewiston, is expanding its business to Munjoy Hill next year. The six year old business will be occupying the empty space in the former Creighton & Sons Building, 123 Washington Avenue – possibly by March of 2018.
The space in Lewiston is large with tables and chairs interspersed around a large counter on the right side of the room. In-house baked breads and bagels are the Market’s speciality. Bagels are its largest seller according to Market employees. But it has a large selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets among other items for sale.
“It’s a popular hangout for Bates College students,” said Drew Perlmutter. (see below right photo) “I come especially on weekends. It’s a great place to study,” she said.
“I come here because it’s a cool place. There are interesting people here. It’s very warm and welcoming,” said Alex Thomas who was sitting at one of the tables with his laptop. One of his favorite items to purchase is the cream cheese.
“A lot of Bates students work part-time here,” said Gabi Bradley as she was arriving at the Market this afternoon. She is an English major at Bates and a junior there. “I have friends who work here. Sometimes they sneak bread samples back. Everyone who works here loves it and prefer to work here rather than at on-campus jobs despite the fact that it’s a long walk and a short drive here,” she said.
“They have amazing bagels here.” In fact, last fall Saveur magazine named Forage bagels one of the best in the country.
Both the Creighton Sons Building and the J. J. Nissan Building on Washington Avenue are owned by Jed T. Harris.
(note: according to a post on the Portland Food Map the new Forage Market will serve breakfast sandwiches and hand-made pastries in the morning and European style sandwiches along with soups and salads for lunch.)