The new Portland location of Batson River (website, facebook, instagram) in Bayside is slated to open Friday at 4pm.
The 9,000 sq ft restaurant and bar is located at 82 Hanover Street in the Public Works building that’s home to Wilson County, The Yard and Banded Horn. The space features a large main bar and fireplace, along semi-private table in a first floor alcove, a balcony seating and games area, and a second smaller bar area with a side entrance on Parris Street.
“We designed the space to feel like a grand, established home that had welcomed many visitors, hosted many gatherings, and whose walls could tell endless stories of adventure. We wanted the fireplace and staircase to be grand and majestic and the seating to be welcoming and intimate. This opening winter season, couples can cozy up by a fire, play some scrabble, sip some whiskey, and eat a good meal. When we get back to a time of larger gatherings, Batson is also designed as a community gathering hub, with lots of sunshine and fresh air in mind – we put in a retractable full ceiling height garage door in the back bar.”
Batson River’s own beers and spirits will be center stage on the drinks menu. The food menu created by chef Tucker Creveling will expand on the “gastropub style” fare served at the original Batson River in Kennebunk. Creveling moved to Maine from Colorado where he worked at several restaurants including Chimney Park.
Batson River plans to be open Wednesdays through Fridays 4pm – 9pm; and Saturdays and Sundays 12pm – 9pm for both inside dining andd take-out.
Batson River opened in late 2018 in Kennebunk. A third Batson River location to be located in Biddeford is in the planning stages and is expected to open in 2022.