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    Bowman Brown, chef-owner of Elda, prepares a batch of Meyer lemons for service in the restaurant's open kitchen. Elda joined Biddeford's growing food scene in December.

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    Jonathan Denton and Jacqui DeFranca opened Sweetcream Dairy a year and a half ago after moving from New York City to Biddeford, Denton's hometown.

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    A man walks out of Cowbell Burger Bar on Main Street carrying a bag of takeout.

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    Bryan Casale and Jackie Hardin, co-owners of Yeto's. The custom artwork behind them includes the local mill, the Saco River, ingredients for their signature soup (pumpkin, goat cheese and whitefish), and characters from the video game that inspired their restaurant's name.

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    Jonathan Denton makes coffee ice cream with Speckled Ax coffee at Sweetcream Dairy. Sweetcream is among 16 food-and-drink-related businesses that have moved into the old Pepperell Mill's industrial spaces in recent years.

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    Taylor Noyes works behind the counter at Yeto's, which includes a menu ranging from classic Southern mac-and-cheese to penne alla gin made with locally distilled gin.

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    Brittany Saliwanchik, the beverage director at Elda, sets up a table before service. The seafood-centric restaurant on Maine Street draws about a fifth of its customers from communities just north or south of Biddeford.

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    The dining room at Elda. "I like the idea of carving out my own little space for myself," says owner Bowman Brown, a former Salt Lake City chef who opened the Biddeford restaurant.

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    Nicole Harlow pours beers behind the bar at Cowbell Burger Bar. Cowbell opened in June 2016 on Main Street in downtown Biddeford.

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    Jacqui DeFranca scoops out Raspberry Ripple ice cream at Sweetcream Dairy. "This is definitely a hobby that turned into a reality," DeFranca says.

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    A classic steak burger with Cowbell Burger Bar's signature branded "C" on the bun. Cowbell is Inspired by the famous "Saturday Night Live" "I gotta have more cowbell" skit featuring Christopher Walken.

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    Jacqui DeFranca makes a milkshake for a customer at Sweetcream Dairy.

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    Jackson Brown, at right, has lunch with Rick Nadeau at Cowbell Burger Bar. Cowbell opened in June 2016 on Main Street in downtown Biddeford.

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