Salt Exchange & Danforth Inn

A new restaurant, The Salt Exchange,  is being planned for 245 Commercial Street. The restaurant plans on serving ” a small plate menu…in a casual/upscale setting with an open kitchen concept”. A sample menu can be seen on page 125 of the agenda for the April 6 meeting of the City Council.

The Danforth Inn is also planning to open a “small restaurants available to our guests and other patrons”. A sample menu can be seen on page 103 of the agenda. Appetizers, salads, cheese and desserts predominate.

Under Construction: Luna Rossa

Here’s a look  at the building site for Luna Rossa, a new Italian restaurant under construction on Middle Street in the old Pavillion space. According to to liquor license application filed with the city, Ryan Byther, one of the former owners of Prost will be the manager and part owner of Luna Rossa. Seating is planned for both the first and second floors of the building. Luna Rossa’s menu is on display in a window at 188 Middle Street.

Under Construction: Pearl

Here’s a look  at the building site (above) for Pearl, a new bar under construction on Fore Street. It is in the location formerly occupied by Onyx – and before that by Liquid Blue. Floor plans (below) show a bar on the left, dance floor in the center and a stage in the back.

Chug a Mug Coffee Roasters

chug-a-mugAt the former Freaky Bean location on Main Street in Westbrook a new business is under construction. Chug-a-Mug Coffee Roasters is taking over the space that had been home to the Freaky Bean’s roastery. They hope to be open “very soon”.

Under Construction: Wasabi

Here’s a look in the window (above) at the building site for Wasabi, a new sushi bar under construction at 7 Exchange Street. Floor plans supplied to the city as part of the liquor license application, (below) show seating on the left of the door with sushi bars in back and on the right.


El Rayo

Sol Foods LLC, the company behind the new Mexican restaurant under construction on York Street, won approval last night from the Portland City Council for a liquor license. They were planning on calling the restaurant Taco Land but have decide to go by El Rayo instead. Their liquor license application includes a draft menu.