The Lewiston City Council enjoyed a moment of levity Tuesday evening after approving the liquor license application for a new restaurant called Food Taste at 413 Main St. The applicant, owner Rita Ferreira, let out a scream of joy after the 7-0 vote, which some councilors at first thought was someone upset. City clerk Kathleen Montejo quickly explained Ferreira had never applied for a liquor license before and was simply happy.

Now, Ferreira is turning her attention to opening what she said will be a Brazilian-style steakhouse, called a churrascaria in Portuguese, with a buffet-style service. The restaurant will feature seating for 50, full bar service with wine, beer and spirits and two dining rooms.

Ferreira is a native of Angola, a former Portuguese colony, and she says she operated a restaurant in Luanda, the capital city.

Ferreira still needs to complete her licensing requirements with the state and city, but she hopes to be open early in the new year, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The Buzz offers quick hits about trending area business happenings. Have a Buzzable tip? Contact business writer Christopher Wheelock at 689-2817 or

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.