We’re already seeing hints of Spring and along with the crocuses a number of new restaurants are breaking through the surface due to open mid-year. Here’s highlights of some of the more high profile ventures in development. For a full list of projects you can always check the Under Construction List. Of course, new restaurant projects are getting started all the time so stay tuned.
Bob’s Clam Hut – 109 Cumberland Ave
Michael Landgarten has purchased the former Three Buoys building at the corner of Washington and Cumberland where he’s planning to open a second location of Bob’s Clam Hut. The building is undergoing significant renovation and Landgarten hopes to have it ready for an opening in time for the summer tourist season. Bob’s has been in business since 1956. They’re promising to serve up “fresh, classic fried seafood with straightforward, award-winning simplicity”. More Info
Forage Market – 123 Washington Ave
Forage has has leased space at 123 Washington Ave where they plan to open a Portland branch of their popular Lewiston bakery and cafe. Owner Allen Smith is excited to open on Washington Ave because as he explains, “it feels like a place we can be part of a neighborhood and get to know our customers by name. And we love the camaraderie of the amazing group of food entrepreneurs already on the street.” Forage is perhaps best know for their bagels which Saveur tipped for the best in the country. In addition, Smith and his team lead by Portland store manager Laura Posiak also plans to serve breakfast sandwiches and hand-made pastries in the morning and European-style market sandwiches along with soups and salads for lunch. Smith has ordered a wood-fired masonry oven from Spain which recently arrived in the US and is on its way to Portland. Smith plans to open Forage “as soon as the mortar is dry”.
Lio – 3-5 Spring St
Chef Cara Stadler chef/owner of Bao Bao and Tao Yuan leased space at 6 City Center last year to open a wine-driven restaurant called Lio (instagram, facebook) “where the focus falls on wine first, with cuisine created to match”. The first floor of the space will house a companion retail store where diners can buy wines served at the restaurant. The name Lio is the word for 6 in Mandarin. Early PR for the restaurant indicated Lio will serve “a meticulously curated wine list, drawing inspiration from wine regions around the globe, and a menu that will be seasonally inspired and designed to complement the wines.” Stadler recently shared a look at the floor plans on instagram. The restaurant was initially slated to open last year but the schedule was impacted by construction delays.
Paciarino– 505 Fore St
Owners Enrico Barbiero and Fabiana de Savino have leased the former Zapoteca space where they plan to open a new restaurant which will serve Paciarino pasta as well as “brick-oven pizza, risotto, arancini, gnocchi and other items”. The couple plan to retain their current space on Fore Street where they’ll operate an expanded retail store for their products. They hope to open the new restaurant in May.
Sagamore Hill – 150 Park St
Owner Ryan Deskins is transforming the lobby of the former Lafayette Hotel building into a new cocktail bar called Sagamore Hill (website, instagram). As you might have guessed from the name of the bar, the Deskins is a fan of Teddy Roosevelt, and the nation’s 26th president is a touchstone for the design and cocktail menu. Sagamore will seat 96 overall, including sidewalk seating for 38 during the warmer months. Kaplan Thompson are the architects and Burnham & Lobozzo the contractors. Might & Main has been hired to handle branding and design.