Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie, a rare addition to the Portland steakhouse scene, opens this afternoon at 4pm. The restaurant, just a few doors up from The Grill Room on Exchange Street, is owned by Noah and Dan Talmatch, who are the proprietors of The North Point.
Susan Axelrod tweeted a couple of photos from a busy preview last night, complementing previous coverage of the empty interior on the Spoon & Shutter blog last week. Noah told the Axelrods that he and his brother "want to give [people] a classy steakhouse with a modern Maine twist."
In an interesting coincidence, both Timber and Lolita (opening next week) will be offering a porterhouse steak suggested for larger groups. When it was reported on by Kathleen Pierce, Lolita's $90 local porterhouse caught serious flack from Bangor Daily News commenters. It remains to be seen whether those same riled-up readers will prefer Timber's $85 price tag, though one Eater Maine commenter has already wished that the owners had "left the NYC prices in NYC."
Do you have a reservation yet for tonight's opening? If not, are you planning to pop in anyway? The restaurant is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday, and the kitchen is open until 11 p.m. daily. There should be seating for around 70 guests, and Spoon & Shutter reports that the owners "will keep one-quarter of the seats available for walk-ins."
· Timber [Facebook, Twitter, Official Website]
· Exclusive Preview [Spoon & Shutter]
· All Timber Coverage [-EME-]