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Tandem, Sur Lie, and More Coming Soon to Portland

Tandem Cafe and Bakery, interior.
Tandem Cafe and Bakery, interior.
Photo: Tandem, FB

Portland restaurant development news on multiple fronts:

ARTS DISTRICT— Information about upcoming Sur Lie, a tapas restaurant aiming to open at 11-13 Free Street later this month, is flowing faster now that it's close to completion. Portland Food Map has two recent pieces, one of which shares the restaurant's floor plan and a sample draft menu submitted to the City Council, while the other is a chat with chef Emil Rivera (the definitive spelling, despite some confusion in recent coverage), who comes to Maine via DC. There's some additional coverage on the blog Urban Eye, including the suggestion from co-owner Caleb Cole that Sur Lie will be "targeting locals and people in the restaurant industry" with an opening time of 4:30 p.m. each day. [PFM, Urban Eye]

WEST ENDPortland Food Map also has word on the progress of Bramhall, former Fore Street employee Mike Fraser's upcoming speakeasy at 769 Congress Street, which used to be house Bramhall Pub. PFM shares a sample of a full draft menu submitted to the City Council, as well as the plan to open in September. Former Ginkgo Blue bartender Guy Streitburger, who won Eater Maine's Bartender of the Year Award two years ago, will be managing the bar. [PFM]

WEST ENDThe Forecaster checks in with Will and Kathleen Pratt of Tandem Coffee Roasters for a chat about their west end Cafe and Bakery. The new space at 742 Congress Street should open this month, and Kathleen says "there is something for everybody." [Forecaster]

OLD PORT— A recently submitted anonymous tip surmised that Dana Street might be taking over an entire building on Maine Wharf for a fish market, a two-story restaurant, and a rooftop deck. A piece in the Press Herald suggests, though, that the newest seafood restaurant from the owner of Fore Street and Street & Co. will be strictly a ground-level affair, as the upper levels are planned as office spaces. [PPH]

OLD PORTMeredith Goad reports for the Press Herald on her employer's former home at 390 Congress Street, now being converted to the Press Hotel. Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, who closed their acclaimed Ogunquit restaurant Arrows last year but still have MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit and MC Spiedo in Boston, will run the Press Hotel's restaurant when it opens next year. The new place won't be "Arrows-style fine-dining," and it "will have a separate identity from the hotel and will be less influenced by the newspaper theme." [PPH]