Looking to combine their respective backgrounds in cooking and art, husband and wife Jay and Allison Villani opened Local 188 in 1999 with friends Pat Corrigan and Matt Purington. The cafe / gallery was an instant hit as artists and foodies lined up to feed their senses.Eight years later "local" moved to a new space across the street that retains the same features that made the original so popular – a culinary bar which overlooks the open kitchen, comfortable lounging area and a dining room set amongst local art. Staying true to Maine’s seasonal offerings, Chef Jay Villani, Chef de Cuisine Aaron Hovarth and sous chef Josh Craigue construct a menu that is both innovative and familiar. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. Many components of the menu, such as breads, charcuterie, pickled vegetables, and desserts, are prepared in-house. Local 188 has its roots in Spain but draws influence from all over the Mediterranean to create a unique blend of old and new.Local’s wine list features over 200 bottles and is a true labor of love for general manager Garry Bowcott and wine director Jenny Gardiner. Selections range from the standards to the esoteric with specialization in Spain, France and Italy. Bar manager Jeremiah Davis presides over the beer and cocktail list. Jeremiah brings 7 years of mixology experience to local along with a precise knowledge of local and national micro brews.
The city's new tapas place is really the city's best new drinking spot. The huge wine menu breaks bottles down by character ("mineral and lean," "spicy and rich") and offers many selections by the glass. Cocktails incorporate house-made spirits like grapefruit rosemary gin and strawberry jalapeño tequila.
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