Under Construction: Press Hotel Restaurant

The Press Herald reports that chefs Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, founders of the former Arrows in Ogunquit, will launch a new restaurant in the Press Hotel when it opens next year.

Frasier was cryptic about the menu, saying they are “keeping it a little bit under wraps,” but said it will be “a personal expression of who we are.” While seafood will be well represented, for example, Frasier said he wouldn’t call it a seafood restaurant. And it won’t be Arrows-style fine dining, with white tablecloths and crystal.

“Our favorites are going to feature prominently in the menu – things that we’ve just loved over the years and are really reflective of our backgrounds both in Maine and California,” he said. “And, as you know, we love to travel. There may be a little bit of rivalry – Mark’s favorite and Clark’s favorite – on the menu as well.”

6 comments on “Under Construction: Press Hotel Restaurant

  1. There was a time that I would have been pretty excited at the prospect of Frasier and Gaier opening a restaurant in Portland but their latest two openings (one outside of Boston – closed. The other in Boston gets very mixed reviews) leave me wondering which direction this will take. Hopefully they will be able to come up with something that can equal the heyday of Arrows. Fingers crossed.

  2. Hasn’t their boston one bombed in reviews?

    If there ever was a time to totally rip off a restaurant’s decor, this would be it. Scampo in boston would be ideal

  3. Oh and has vincenza’s given up already? That is the fastest opening to close ever . Again, probably great people who didn’t understand the portland market

  4. Several restaurants in Portland (including a Quizno’s that was fitted out for opening in the Foley’s Bakery space) never opened.

    Word is that Vincenza’s has indeed closed.

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