Under Construction: Silly’s with a Twist, 865, Cantina and more

Here are a few updates on restaurants under construction in Portland:

  • Silly’s owner Colleen Kelley is planning to open Silly’s with a Twist next door at 38 Washington Ave. The new venue will include a bar and serve the same menu as its sister restaurant.
  • 349 Cumberland Ave has been repainted and a sign in the window indicates “good food coming soon”. There’s no indication yet what type of restaurant it will be. 349 was briefly the home of Apsara before it moved to Fore Street. It had previously been the home of Huong Vietnamese Cuisine.
  • The owners of Venue which closed their Portland location on Forest Ave earlier this year are re-opening on Forest Ave at the same location with the same general concept but with different staff and a different name. The new business is named 865 Forest. A draft menu (page 62) was submitted as part of their liquor license application.
  • The El Rayo Cantina has also submitted a liquor license application. You can see the draft menu (page 81) online in the agenda materials for Monday’s City Council meeting.

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