Eater Maine has published an interview with Eventide’s general manager Arlin Smith taking a look back at their first year in operation.
As far as the concept itself, the three of us all have dreams of what our ultimate restaurant would be, but individually, as a restaurateur, I don’t think it’s the smartest thing to just do what you want. We do a lot of things well, so we decided to look at what Portland wants. It didn’t have an oyster bar. We loved the idea of getting an incredible amount of local oysters that weren’t available anywhere in that quantity, and doing a Hugo’s-style casual fare — a New England-style sushi bar. Once we started throwing those ideas around, it was a no-brainer for us. We had this really cool, fun, relaxed space, and it went gangbusters.