Helm (website, instagram, facebook) is opening on Thursday. The new restaurant is located on Thames Street on the ground floor of the WEX Building across from the Ocean Gateway Terminal. They will be open this week Thursday through Sunday, 4:30 – 8:30, and plans to add Wednesday hours starting next week.
Helm is initially open for takeout with a weekly 3-course prix fixe menu (see photo below) as well as an extended wine and beer list. This week’s dinner menu includes a Chicory Salad with horseradish dressing and fried onions, Glazed Short Ribs with swiss chard, braised beans and yeast rolls, and a slice of Parsnip Cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts. Helm also has a Valentine’s Day version of their menu with the option to add oysters and caviar to your order. You can place you order online and can schedule an order for pick-up later in the week.
Billy Hager is Helm’s chef de cuisine. He moved to Maine from California where he was the chef and a partner at Homestead in Oakland. Sous chef Dana Woodward also moved to Portland from the Bay Area where she was the chef de cuisine at Dobb’s Ferry.
Lizzie Legere is the owner of Helm and James Rose is the general manager. Legere has been part of the team at both Drifters Wife and More & Co. Rose previously worked at Neptune Oyster in Boston.