Under Construction: Danforth Inn

New owners of the Danforth plan eventually open a restaurant in the Inn, according to reports from the Press Herald and Bangor Daily News.

“I think the restaurant and how it looks needs a different concept. It will be fine dining like Natalie’s. It will also be relaxed fine dining like Natalie’s,” he said. “But we are looking at different cuisine and concepts and talking to different chefs right now to come up with something Portland would like to have, embrace and would also fit our brand and what our guests are expecting from us.” [PPH]

Blue Rooster Guest Chef Series

blueroosterBlue Rooster is gearing up for a summer long series with some of the most talented chefs in the city. Each week starting on Fridays BRFC will feature a new over the top hot dog special designed by that week’s guest chef.

I’m looking forward to some pretty amazing things to show up on a bun as the chefs try to out do one another throughout the series.

Here’s the full line-up:

  • May 30 – Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan
  • June 6 – Ricky Penatzer, Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
  • June 13 – Fred Eliot, Petite Jacqueline
  • June 20 – Steve Corry, Five Fifty-Five
  • June 27 – Matt Brown, Good Shepherd Food Truck
  • July 4 – David Levi, Vinland
  • July 11 – Erik Desjarlais, Weft and Warp
  • July 18 – Jason Loring, Nosh
  • July 25 – Mike Wiley, Eventide/Hugo’s
  • August 1 – Joe Ricchio, Food Coma
  • August 8 – Andrew Taylor, Eventide/Hugo’s
  • August 15 – Cheryl Lewis, El Rayo
  • August 23 – Rob Evans, Duckfat

Watch the Blue Rooster facebook page for complete details throughout the summer. I’ll be posting photos of my favorites on the PFM Instagram account.

Elsmere, Silly’s, Food Trucks

The Press Herald has published a review of Silly’s,

And you’ll never see a more funky array of everything from Mardi Gras beads to retro light fixtures, oddball artwork and even a lamp straight out of “A Christmas Story.” Long live Silly’s!

and a bar review of Elsmere.

Elsmere is not just a BBQ joint, it’s a neighborhood restaurant that’s keen on giving back to the community and sticking around for generations. Owners Adam Powers and Jeremy Rush work the line every night, are eager to be part of the South Portland family of restaurants and take a lot of pride in their product. The bar scene is cozy and pleasingly boisterous. Patrons come to watch the game, drink beer, but most of all, chow down on excellent BBQ. There will likely be a 30-minute wait on weekend nights.

Today’s paper also includes the latest installment of the What Ales You beer column and a food truck guide.

Cantina Closing Update (Updated)

The Bangor Daily News has published an update on the recent closing of El Rayo Cantina.

The Cantina, a bar counterpart to the more casual El Rayo Taqueria, opened in January 2012 on York Street. In the summertime, a sleek fire pit and Airstream trailer bar lent the spot a California vibe.

It closed after two-and-a-half years to make way for a future parking garage, said Dana. El Rayo Taqueria, which is seeking new peninsula space, will eventually meet the same fate.

Update: For additional reporting see the article posted by the Press Herald.

Under Construction: Sur Lie


Antonio Alviar and Krista Cole have leased the adjacent empty store fronts at 11 and 13 Free Street (formerly Roost and Compositions) where they plan on opening Sur Lie, a wine and cocktail bar/tapas restaurant.

Alviar and Cole are planning on serving a diverse menu of various sized plates intended for solo dining or sharing amongst a group. They’re putting special focus on putting together excellent wine and cocktail program for Sur Lie.

Sur Lie was recently approved for a loan from the Portland Development Corporation. Renovations to the 3,000 sq ft space will begin soon, and if all goes according to schedule Sur Lie should open in August.

Sangillo’s, Joe’s, Hyatt Lounge, Lobster Away

In other recent food news:

Review of Frog & Turtle

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Frog & Turtle.

Fortunately, good friends have a way of making time fly by, but after nearly a nearly three hour meal, it was time to wrap up. The meal came to about 100 first presidents after tip. I appreciated the desserts FOC as they certainly added to the meal and we enjoyed them greatly. Our drinks were great and our meals were very good except for a bit of underseasoning on one item. In the end, it’s safe to say that The Frog and Turtle is a fun spot in Westbrook for good times with good food. Get there soon in case a meteor shower destroys the planet as we know it and restaurants no longer exist.