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Bangor’s Bagel Central changes hands

The popular eatery Bagel Central, at 33 Central St. in downtown Bangor, has changed hands.

Prompto Oil founder ‘Charlie’ Kapothanasis dies

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Constantine (Charlie) Kapothanasis, of Westbrook, founder of Prompto Oil, died Dec. 31 after a brief illness.

Three Maine companies fight hunger through partnership with Buoy Local

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Geaghan Brothers Brewing, Gifford's Ice Cream and Governor's Restaurant partnered with Buoy Local, a program of Bangor Savings Bank, to donate a portion of their sales in 2018 to help fight hunger.

Former Camden bistro reopens under new operators

The former Francine Bistro, at 55 Chestnut St. in Camden, recently reopened as Franny's Bistro.

Austin Street Brewery opens second location

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The rejuvenation of East Bayside in Portland continues with the opening of a second Austin Street Brewery location at 115 Fox St.

Money magazine picks South Portland as best place to live in Maine

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Citing South Portland's bustling food and bar scene and thriving economy, Money magazine named it the best place to live in Maine.

Maine's still-growing craft beer industry ranked 9th by bloggers

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The ranking website Thrillist says Maine is 9th out of the 50 states for its local beer, a nod toward an industry in the state that shows no signs of slowing down.

Retail Association's Picard bullish on holiday sales, outlines 2019 legislative priorities

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This holiday shopping season looks to be a merry one for retailers, according to Curtis Picard, president and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine, which is based in Augusta.

Maine’s minimum wage to go up to $11 an hour on Jan. 1

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Maine’s minimum wage will go up from $10 an hour to $11 a hour on Jan. 1, as yearly increases approved by voters in 2016 continue.

N.H. town gives chilly reception to Shipyard's ambitious brewery plan

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A New Hampshire town says it was caught off guard by Shipyard Brewing Co.'s announcement that it plans to build a $36 million brewery there by late 2020.

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