Prairie Baking opens at former Nissen; Bam Bam coming to Falmouth

On November 22, Prairie Baking Co. officially launched its bakery and cafe at the former Nissen Bakery building, offering a range of delectable goods.

Owner Elizabeth Rzoska is excited about the new 1,700-square-foot space at 44 Romasco Lane, which will also serve as a supplier to a new bar venture called Night Mares adjacent to the bakery.

Rzoska had initially planned to open the new Prairie space earlier, but an increase in custom wedding cake orders during the summer postponed the project. She added, “In wedding season this summer, I was pretty busy with wedding orders, and the bar added a good amount of work on top of that, so I just waited until the wedding season was pretty much over and I felt like it was more under control.”

The new bakery and cafe will feature items such as drip coffee, hot tea, scones, coffee cake, cookies, brownies, cake by the slice, quiche, and granola with yogurt.

Starting December 2, Prairie Baking Co. will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the goal of eventually expanding operating hours and hiring additional staff.

Meanwhile, Bam Bam Bakery, known for its gluten-free goods, is planning to relaunch its presence in Falmouth after a yearlong absence. Amid a fresh start, owner Tina Cromwell expressed enthusiasm about the 1,900-square-foot space previously occupied by the Ela Market & Grill, which she finds well-equipped for her bakery’s needs.

Furthermore, the owners of Paella Seafood are gearing up for a reopening in the upcoming weeks at a new location on Forest Avenue.

And for sports enthusiasts, Jerome’s, a new sports bar, is set to take over the location of The Snug in Portland’s East End in early January, promising an exciting blend of New England sports culture, outdoor adventure vibes, and a welcoming atmosphere.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, anyone looking to savor a holiday feast out on the town can refer to the Press Herald’s guide, “Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in Maine,” featuring a comprehensive list of options, from prix fixe dinners to takeout meals, across locations such as Biddeford and Bangor.

With added contributions from Staff Writer Megan Gray, the Portland dining scene is set for an exciting and flavorful season ahead. Amidst the culinary diversity and vibrant innovations, there’s likely something to entice every palate.


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