Central Provisions, the upcoming international small plates restaurant from chef Chris Gould in the heart of the Old Port, has a new sign up over its Wharf Street entrance (which will lead into the downstairs bar) and the extensive interior renovations are moving right along. Chris and wife Paige, who will be the restaurant's GM, are hoping to open by the middle of January. He spoke with Eater Maine in October about his vision for the restaurant, which will embrace the history and character of the nearly 200 year-old building that will house it.
Back in June, there was a sample summer menu for Central Provisions that was submitted to the Portland City Council as part of a license application. Gould, who said he's now created an entire year's worth of sample menus as the process has taken longer than originally expected, recently provided a more seasonally appropriate sample menu that gives a good idea of what to expect when the doors open. (This is a sample and not the actual opening menu.) Check it out: