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 and Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Nappi 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.