Under Construction Updates

Old Port Wine Merchants is building a new retail space at 221 Commercial street and will be moving out of their space on Fore street relatively soon.
According to a report from Justin Henry’s Green Galoshes, Viet Bangkok Cuisine is up for sale and plans to close if no buyer is found within the next month.
Good News Portland has a news brief about the re-opening of the renovated Porthole.
A new liquor license for Binga’s Wingas is on the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting. Binga’s location at the corner of Deering and Congress was the site of a fire back in November of last year. Binga’s plans on opening their new Portland restaurant at 50 Wharf street in the space formerly occupied by Cake.
Grace will also be at the City Council meeting Monday for their liquor license application. A sample menu for the restaurant (located on page 163 of the agenda) provides a first look at what Chef Eric Simeon has planned.

Under Construction: The Salt Exchange

Martha and Charlie Bryon, the owners of The Salt Exchange, sent along this photo of their work site on Commercial street. The Bryons write that the kitchen will lead by Jacob Jascinski, who’s resume includes the White Barn Inn. They hope to open their “small plates endeavor” in late May with “regional ‘New American’ cuisine designed for sampling and sharing”.
As you might be able to discern from the blueprint (Commercial street is shown on the right) the plan calls for a bar, seating for 50+ and tables on the  sidewalk.

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.