Back in 1981 Bruno’s opened in what was once Portland’s Little Italy by owner and founder Bob Napolitano.
The tiny bar was tucked into the corner of Micucci’s Grocery on India Street, where Bob sold only bottled beer and steamed hot dogs.
In 1985, the growing business moved further down India Street to a larger location, where the kitchen was finally established. Bruno’s was the first kitchen in Portland to serve calzones. The steak and cheese sandwich, pizzas, and linguini with clam sauce became instant classics. Bruno’s was also the first bar to open a patio in Portland.
After four short years here, it was moved again but this time under a new name, Erik’s. Erik’s was an already established business on Market Street. Not wanting to lose loyal Erik’s customers, the old name was retained.
Then in 1999, the Bruno’s name was resurrected in its current location at 33 Allen Avenue in Portland. In our new location, the menu, seating, building size, and staff were greatly increased.