The Portland City Council is scheduled to meet Wendnesday night. Urban chickens are on the agenda (link is to a large PDF) as is a liquor license for Pearl, a bar that’s proposed for the former location of Onyx, revisiting the vote on the Cactus Club, as well as liquor licenses for The Farmer’s Table and Typerwriter Tavern. Paperwork submitted to the city confirms that Jeff Landry is behind The Farmer’s Table and includes a draft menu (see page 120 of the agenda).
This week’s issue of The Forecaster has a couple food-related articles. There’s a report on the proposal before the City Council to allow raising domesticated chickens in the city,
Residents like Elaine McGillicuddy are excited about the prospect. McGillicuddy said she heard about the proposal and immediately began educating herself about chickens and sending e-mails to friends encouraging them to support the urban chicken movement.
and news on the struggle over the appropriate use of waterfront property along Commercial Street,
The owner of the Comedy Connection and Porthole restaurant wants to reopen the former Boone’s Restaurant space on Custom House Wharf, but is meeting resistance from the city in a new challenge to waterfront zoning rules.
Despite the fact that they make up such a huge portion of the workforce, many restaurant workers are paid the tipped minimum wage, which is less than the overall minimum wage.
Federally, that means tipped workers are paid just $2.13 per hour plus tips.
The tipped minimum wage has been frozen at just $2.13 per hour since 1991 — that’s 18 years! With the passing of each year, tipped workers effectively earn less and less, and many struggle to make ends meet.
According to a report in today’s Portland Daily Sun, several local business were caught up in a sting operation for selling alcohol to underage customers.
Lt. Michael Sauschuck said three summons were issued Jan. 23 and six more were issued on Jan. 24 during a compliance check that used a civilian decoy “between the ages of 18 and 20” who attempted to purchase alcohol without identification. Sauschuck said the 31 locations chosen for the sting were randomly-generated and part of an “ongoing operation” by the department to curb sales to minors.
Colucci’s, Vespucci’s and La Bodega Latina were among those “cited by Portland Police for underage alcohol sales”.
The Bollard has a report on the tie vote by the City Council last night to renew the Cactus Club’s liquor license. The article also details a history of owner Tom Manning past establishments in Portland.
The police department recommended denial of the bar’s liquor license last fall due to the high number of fights and other disturbances inside and outside Cactus Club. Between December 2007 and last November, cops documented 64 calls to the bar or the area outside its front door.
There’s an article in today’s Press Herald about the vegetarian meal options offered by Portland school cafeterias. According to a report cited in the article, there’s “an estimated 367,000 U.S. children who avoid eating meat”.
Chow Maine has a report on some changes afoot at Fore Street. One change that’s sure to be noticed is elimination of policy that set aside one-third of the tables each night for walk-ins. Other changes include adding some lower priced items on the menu and making an effort to create a welcoming atmosphere for diners.
Dean’s Sweets has an interesting Valentines Day special offer. They’re giving away a CD by musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with each 16 item box of chocolate. Ungar and Mason’s song Ashokan Farewell is well known as the theme from Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary. Ungar and Mason are personal friends of Dean Bingham and his wife and played at their wedding in 2006.