Maine Locals Revive a Beloved Yarmouth Landmark With Village Market and Eatery

For over 150 years the corner of East Elm and Main Street has been the gateway and anchor of the Yarmouth Village. For the past 77 years it has been a Village Store that locals affectionately refer to as “Handy Andy’s.”

1002850_403085709800831_77980649_nHandy Andy’s is a place where generations mix easily. A destination that prefers walking and riding to driving. A place where ice cream, coffee, and good conversation flow easily.

In March, Sean Ireland and two local partners purchased the store. Their vision was to embrace and build on the best of Handy Andy’s and to expand the business model in a manner that allowed for significant investment in the infrastructure – which was badly needed. “The store was really ‘tired’ and needed a lot of love. As locals we appreciated what the store meant to the community and saw so much potential,” said Ireland.

Ireland’s vision was to create a unique multipurpose business model that honored the distinct character of the Village, while meeting the growing needs of a community that appreciates quality goods and services.

He wanted to partner with friends and family to bring the best of the greater Portland experience to the Yarmouth Village. He and his cousin, Amy Ireland, reached out to over 30 local businesses. Amy embraced the process. “We had so much to learn,” she said. “Over the course of five months Sean and I met with dozens of business owners. We were eager to learn about their businesses and to share our vision for the project. On the whole, everyone was really supportive and excited about what we wanted to do. Timing and compatibility with regard to approach and branding were huge factors in our conversations and what would make the ultimate partnership.”

Sean agreed. “We didn’t know where we would land but we were really passionate about the project and that resonated with folks. It wasn’t just about opening a successful business. It was about being true to the sense of place and the people and really enjoying and embracing the partnerships – and we think we’ve hit a home run.”

In June, Handy’s Store will reopen as a Village Market/Grocer, Café, and Gourmet Pizza. Amy Ireland will run the Village Market/Grocer, Guy and Stella Hernandez of Hill Top Café and Lolita will operate the Café, and Mike Keon and Anthony Allen, founders of OTTO, will be serving up salads and gourmet pizza.

“We really liked Amy and Sean’s vision for the project. We thought it was really important that we embrace the Handy Andy’s brand and that customers have a ‘seamless’ experience, so it was easy for us to fold the Café into the overall brand. We have two very distinct experiences in Portland and we wanted this project to stand on it’s own as well,” stated Stella Hernandez, co-owner along with her husband, of Hiltop Café, located on the East End in Portland. The Café will serve local ice cream, coffee, espresso, tea, sandwiches and soups, as well as fresh baked breads and other goodies.

Ireland thought long and hard about bringing more pizza to Yarmouth, but after hundreds of conversations with folks in the community and lots of positive feedback, he was confident there was room for gourmet pizza – which didn’t exist north of Portland. OTTO was a likely choice and after the first meeting both parties left feeling like this could be a great partnership.

“We weren’t necessarily looking to expand,” stated Anthony Allen, co-founder and owner of OTTO. “When Sean approached us, we were a bit hesitant, but really intrigued by the uniqueness and the partnership opportunity of the project. When we learned more about the history of Handy Andy’s and what it has meant to the Village and Yarmouth – we just fell in love with it. We’re really excited about becoming a part of the community.”

Phase two construction will include a Post and Beam Carriage House that will seat approximately 30-35 people and will include a ‘Community Board Room’ on the 2nd floor for use by individuals and organizations. Construction will begin in September and be completed in November.

A vision shared by all parties is that Handy Andy’s will continue on for the next 150 years. As a place that embraces the best of the past. A place where generations continue to mix easily. A destination that still prefers walking and riding to driving. And finally, a place that locals will likely still affectionately refer to as “Handy Andy’s.”

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar: Rising Tide and OTTO’s Spring Collaboration Is Here!

OscarTango_Poster_V1_50percOn the heels of Autohelm, the highly regarded winter collaboration, OTTO and Rising Tide Brewing Company are launching their spring collaboration, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, a crisp, snappy, and sessionable pale ale brewed with rice.

Starting this weekend in Maine, diners at all OTTO locations will be able to pair their pie with Oscar Tango Tango Oscar. By the week of April 27, OTTO diners at our Coolidge Corner and Comm Ave locations in Massachusetts will be able to do the same.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO.

The brewing process kicked off on April Fool’s Day (coincidence, we promise!), with OTTO team members on site. While the Autohelm collaboration was brewed to provide a hearty, hoppy dose of comfort during the harsh New England winter, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s citrusy snap goes perfect on our sunny patios while sharing one of OTTO’s spring pies — eggplant, ricotta and basil, or roasted chicken, caramelized pears and fontina.

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s profile is sure to provoke an onset of Spring Fever. Proceed with caution.

Aroma: tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, rose
Taste: tangerine, grapefruit, cereal, crisp with a snappy bitterness
Malts: 2-row, flaked rice, carapils
Hops: amarillo, mandarina, cascade
Yeast: house american ale
Specifics: 4.4% abv, 1.044 o.g., 4 srm, 25 ibu

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Three OTTO Team Members to be Featured at the 2015 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas

Every year, thousands of pizzeria owners, operators, managers, distributors and food topbrokers from all over the world convene at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas for five days of educational seminars, workshops, cooking demonstrations, competitions, exhibits, and activities. In other words, the Pizza Expo is kinda the South By Southwest of pizza.

This year, 3 members of the OTTO team will be making several appearances:

Allen-KeonOTTO Co-owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen will be featured in the Pizzeria Concept Showcase, an annual presentation by “super-successful pizzeria owners, who will describe the evolution of their concepts and take your questions.” Mike and Anthony’s session will focus on multi-market operations.

Anthony will also be part of a panel discussion for new pizzeria operators entitled Common Pizzeria Start-Up Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Like any entrepreneurs, the panelists have made some mistakes, and they hope to save others the trouble.

EricShepherdEric Shepherd, OTTO’s Director of Marketing & Communications will be leading a seminar entitled Growing Your Customer Base With Cause Marketing, co-leading a workshop entitled Digital Marketing For Pizzerias, and will be part of a panel discussion entitled Building Business With Mobile And Online Orders. This will be Eric’s second year presenting at Expo.

If you happen to be in Vegas, come by and say hello. Several other OTTO team members will also be on hand. We look forward to seeing you, and we hope to come back smarter, and inspired.

2014: A Year of Giving Back

Since opening its first little slice shop on Congress Street in Portland in 2009, giving back has been an big part of what OTTO does. From day one, co-owners Anthony Allen and Mike Keon believed that it was important to better the communities in which OTTO does business, and this sentiment reverberates through the growing independent chain today.

10414491_806020339409898_4134071848483003687_nIt is not lost on us that without having been embraced and supported over the past 5+ years by our communities, we would not be able to grow this sentiment into an integral part of the chain’s culture.

We are now running weekly fundraiser series in four locations in two states. In addition to these, we provide many in-kind donations to many deserving charities and community organizations throughout the year.

OTTO has been fortunate enough to have donated to over 250 organizations in Maine, Massachusetts and beyond in 2014. We are extremely grateful to be in a position to do so. Perhaps more so, we are thankful for the many wonderful organizations (and those who keep them operating) who tirelessly work to better our communities in so many ways.

As we look back on 2014, we want to acknowledge some of the great organizations that we have had the pleasure of working with in some capacity.

Thank you for all you do.

MAINE:
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American Diabetes Association
American Red Cross
An Evening of Promise
Animal Refuge League
Art Play Nursery School
Barbara Bush Cures for Kids
Bayside Community Health Fair
Borgen Project
Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine
Camp Twitch & Shout
Cape Elizabeth Girl’s Volleyball
Cape Elizabeth High School Baseball
Cape Elizabeth High School’s Mock Trial Team
Cape Elizabeth Project Graduation
Children’s Association for Maximum Potential
Children’s Museum of Maine
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Coastal Studies for Girls
Cultivating Community
Deering High School
Easter Seals ME
Empowering Young Women
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Family Crisis Services
Florence House
Free The Children
Freeze out Hunger
Friends of Feral Felines
Gorham High School Girl Up
GLSEN
Hall School
Hardy Girls Healthy Women
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Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
Husky Harvest
Junior League of Portland
King Middle School
Knights of Columbus Cheverus Council
Learning Works
Levy Day School
Longfellow Elementary School
Love, People
Lucy K Fund
Lucky Pup Rescue
Lyric Music Theater
Magic Matinee
Mahoney Middle School
Maine Books for Maine Kids
Maine Cancer Foundation10155329_770606132951319_527890677_n
Maine Children’s Cancer Fund
Maine Freedom Project
Maine Island Trail Association
Maine Military Museum
Maine Narrow Gauge
Make A Wish Maine
March of Dimes
Maine Children’s Cancer Program
Mechanics Hall
Michael Pecha Cancer Fund
Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Musica De Filia
National Tourette Syndrome Association
Parkside Neighborhood Association
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Planned Parenthood
Port Resources
Portland Buy Local
Portland Education Foundation
Portland High School
Portland Public Library
Portland Stage Company
Portland Sunshine Rotary
Portland Trails
Portland Veterans Acupuncture Clinic
Portland Youth Dance
Preble Street Teen Center
SailMaine
SealsFit
Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
Silent Sidekicks
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South Portland High School
South Portland High School Robotics
South Portland High School Soccer
South Portland Swim Boosters
South Portland High School Project Graduation
SPACE Gallery
Spindleworks
The Children’s Trust
The South Portland Historical Society
The Telling Room
UNE Medication Collection
Voter Education Brigade
Winship Memorial Fund
WMPG
Women in Harmony
YMCA for Adaptive Services

MASSACHUSETTS:
Alzheimer Association’s RunTriRide
American Red Cross10276025_437417973060256_6145661167063435402_n
Amphibious Achievements
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston College Relay for Life
Boston Collegiate Charter School
Boston Minstrels
Boston University China Care Fund
Boston University Occupational Therapy
Boston Workman’s Circle
Brian D. Silver Memorial Fun
Brookline Boys Basketball
Brookline Early Education Project
Brookline Food Coop
Brookline High School
Brookline Teen Center
BU 85 Broads
BU Center for Gender Sexuality
BU China Care Fund10367818_794314320580500_6700202918988191713_n
BU College of Fine Arts
BU Ellevate
BU Global Water Brigades
BU Law Public Interest Project
BU Marketing Club
BU Outing Club
BU Pre-Law Review
BU Relay for Life
BU Sargent College- Ghana Volunteer Trip
BU Senior Theatre Arts Majors Productions
BU Sigma Beta Rho
BU Unite for Sight10168161_788494334495832_2633235171370483254_n
BU Water Polo
Cambridge Community Chorus
Children’s Center for Communication
Congregation Kehillath Israel
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Cross Keys Retreat
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Destination ImagiNation- Lynnfield HS
Edward Devotion School
EMARC
Engineers Without Borders
Evening with Champions
FairTrade (Harvard U.)
Family Equality Council
Fenway Health
Friends of Buker
Friends of Lynnfield Library
Gathering Change
Global Water Brigades
Greenwood Elementary
Harvard China Care
Helping Hands for Homeless
Huckleberry Hill Elementary School
Humanist Community at Harvard
Lawrence School PTO10267777_784309914914274_5710944405256697106_n
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lynnfield High School
Lynnfield Pioneer Football Club
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Massmouth
Melrose Humane Sociaty
Morse Elementary School
Nashoba Learning Group
NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans)
Newbury College Alumni Committee
Newburyport River Run
North Shore Scleroderma
Northeast Parent Advisory Council
Omega Phi Alpha
Pan-Mass Challenge Team Paul & Eve
Partners in Health10525905_761604797231921_5668220597958144632_n
River Relay for Real Lives
Rodman Ride for Kids
Safe Passage
Science Club for Girls
Sinclair Firefighters Benefit
Smart Woman Securities
St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital
Stock Our Shelves
Summer St. Elementary PTO
Temple Ohabei Shalom
Unite for Sight
WGBH
With Certainty Project
Wounded Warrior Project

28 Pizza-Themed Gifs That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

1. Put a ring on it
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2. Chicken riding a pizza-eating kitten rug. Duh.
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3. Laser-eyed space kitten is adorbs
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4. Liz Lemon, seductress
30rock

5. Walter, that’s a perfectly good pizza.
breakingbad

6. Tobias Funke, space cowboy
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7. Zac hearts pizza
highschool

8. Homer hearts pizza
homer

9. Even monsters heart pizza
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10. The Blueprint is pizza
jayz

11. J-Law hearts pizza
jlaw

12. JT *really* hearts pizza
justin

13. Bobby can’t wait for pizza
koth

14. Smells like pizza
kurt

15. Nine lives
mario

16. Mary Kate (or is it Ashley?) hearts pizza
marykate

17. When is it *not* pizza time?
pizzatime

18. Cinder(mozza)rella
princess

19. The Ramones heart pizza
ramones

20. Rigby scores pizza
reg

21. So hot. (And Ryan Gosling’s not bad either)ryan

22. One thing Congress can agree on
schoolhouse

23. Zoinks!
scoob

24. Jerry hearts pizza
seinfeld

25. Sims pizza dance
sims

26. Stanley wins
stanley

27. Tim and Eric heart pizza
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28. Liz Lemon gets it done
tina

Come Support The Mullen Family

OttoOne of the greatest things about the success of OTTO is our ability to give back in the communities we serve. This Thursday (12/18), at our 159 Cottage Rd. location, we’ll be hosting a special fundraiser for the Mullen family.

OTTO’s own, Ciera Mullen’s family suffered a great tragedy recently when they lost everything in a house fire. While we don’t believe we can do anything to replace their loss here, we do hope to bring a little something back through a monetary donation.

We’re pulling together to donate 50% of ALL SALES during the hours of 5-8pm. We encourage all to come out and show their support.

This includes takeout, delivery, dine-in, gift cards, & merchandise!

Takeout & Delivery: ORDER ONLINE or call 207.517.3051

 

OTTO’s New South Portland Location Is OPEN!

IMG_0250We are pleased to announce that our second South Portland location, at 125 John Roberts Road, is now (finally) officially open!

The John Roberts Road location is OTTO’s 9th location overall (10, if you count our Portland delivery facility), and is one of our roomiest, with 5 picnic tables, and an indoor bocce court. Diners can enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, along with a full array of beverages, including beer and wine. (Yes, we’re serving Autohelm, our brand new collaboration with Rising Tide Brewing Company!)

Tucked away in the office park just a stone’s throw from The Maine Mall, Home Depot, and Clark’s Pond Cinemagic, we believe shoppers, moviegoers, and office employees in the area will find OTTO to be a welcome addition to their dining options.
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Whether dine-in, takeout, delivery, or catering your office party, we’ve got you covered at 125 John Roberts Road.

Call in your order by dialing 207-772-0900, or by using our online ordering service (you can even order in advance).

125Hours:

Sunday–Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm

We look forward to serving you!