South Portland, ME
• 10,000 SF
• Extensive made to order food selection
• Bright, modern finishes
• Rusty Lantern Markets
• Riverview Martial Arts
• Restoration & renovation
• Built, owned, & leased by Priority Real Estate Group.
Priority Real Estate Group completed this renovation and part restoration of the former Armory building in December 2016. The Maine National Guard armory was completed in 1941 and featured art deco architecture. According to the Greater Portland Landmarks website, the armory was built in the flurry of new government construction following the United States’ entry into World War II, when new shipyards and a steel fabricating plant were built in the Cushing’s Point area for the mass-production of Liberty ships. The armory was built to replace one on Monroe Street in Ferry Village. The military vacated the Broadway armory in 1996, and it fell into a state of disrepair. The building is now home to Rusty Lantern market and Riverview Martial Arts.
The new Rusty Lantern Market features a Coffee by Design barista bar; made-to-order sandwiches, salads and pizzas using Portland Pie Co. dough and sauce; a selection of wines; a 140-square-foot walk-in beer cooler; reach-in coolers featuring local craft and domestic beers; a Maine Root soda fountain; a smoothie bar; a breakfast-by-the-pound food bar; indoor seating for 14 people and outdoor seasonal patio seating, and free Wi-Fi.
The store also sells Maine-made products, including Bob’s Peanuts and Candies, Wicked Whoopies, Frosty’s Donuts, jams, jellies, sauces and other seasonal favorites.
Riverview Martial Arts moved to the building from space a short distance away on Ocean Street. It offers martial arts classes to children, teens and adults, as well as adult fitness and stress reduction classes.
Andrew Atripaldi, executive director of Riverview Foundation, said the new space will allow the center to double its programming in the next year.
He said after-school care will be offered, and summer camps will be held on site instead of busing campers to Riverview’s Topsham campus.