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Miyake Diner is Coming Along, Should Open Soon

Miyake Diner, which will be Masa Miyake's third Portland restaurant, is coming along nicely, and could open sometime in the next two weeks. The diminutive restaurant at the site of Miyake's original Portland eatery, Food Factory Miyake, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in an izakaya-style setting, modeled after the small neighborhood bars in Japan that are like sake-focused gastro pubs. Of course, Masa plans to put his own twist on it, the details of which haven't been fully revealed. Expect Japanese comfort food sourced predominantly from Miyake Farm, according to a recent Q&A Miyake business partner William Garfield did with the Press Herald's The Root blog.

The service bar will seat 10, with room for six or seven more at the corner booth. That'll be it for seating. Like Food Factory Miyake, a trip to the restroom will involve passing through the kitchen, which will be separated from the dining area by a curtain. Here are some photos of the interior renovations so far. The main elements are in place, and the wood bar, stools, table and bench seating, along with the stained wood and stone accents, give the place a sturdier feel than the old Food Factory and its tight tables and flimsy folding chairs.

· Wolfe's Neck Farm Forms Partnership with Miyake Restaurants [The Root]
· All Coverage of Miyake Diner [~EMAINE~]
The upcoming Miyake Diner. [Photos: Tom Minervino]

Miyake Diner

129 Spring Street Portland, ME 04101