Tomaso’s Canteen Opening on Hampshire Street October 15th!

Liz Minervino (L) With Her Niece, Meg Minervino Hard at Work Today at Tomaso's Canteen.

Liz Minervino (L) With Her Niece, Meg Minervino Hard at Work Today at Tomaso’s Canteen.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,402)

Plans for a new eatery to replace the former Sangillo’s Tavern at 18  Hampshire Street on the East End of Portland are well underway and sound exciting!  Bring it on and the sooner the better!

“We want our new place to have the same spirit as did Sangillo’s,” said Meg Minervino this afternoon as she and her Aunt Liz took a short break from repainting the interior of the former bar that the state of Maine shut-down last year in a controversial action.   Meg said it will be very much of a welcoming neighborhood pub, similar to the friendly Samuel’s on Forest Avenue that her father, Sam, owns.

Initially, the Canteen will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.  At a later time, Meg said they might serve breakfast.  “We’ll just have to wait and see,” she said.  The Canteen will be open seven days a week as well.  There will be lots of sandwiches, lobster rolls chowders and stews on the menu.  Service of food and at the bar will continue until 1:00 a.m.  The Canteen will serve fifty (50) people.  The metal tables and chairs were purchased in Brooklyn, NY. Church pews obtained in Wells will line one side of the eatery.

Tomaso was Meg’s great, great, grandfather who was a fisherman on the Portland waterfront – how neat is that!

Meg will be working full-time in charge of the front-end of the business.  Liz has another full-time job, but may fill in from time to time.

Good things come to those who wait – at least that’s what my mother used to say – she knew what she was talking about!