Will Fore Street ever go out of fashion? Doubtful. The space has a timeless charm with its exposed brick walls, open kitchen, and enormous windows. Nineteen years after Fore Street helped catapult Portland into the national dining spotlight, its kitchen team, including chef Sam Hayward, prepares locally sourced food with enough skill to attract newcomers and retain happy regulars. The dedicated and doting wait staff does its part, as well; in an industry with a notoriously high turnover rate, Fore Street has many employees who've been there for years.
The restaurant's reputation precedes it, and not a single visitor seems unaware of its place in Portland's canon. Fore Street is one of the rare eateries in the city that remains busy despite January's off putting weather and the tourist slowdown that accompanies the chill.
Photographer Corey Templeton prowled the bar, the dining room, and the grounds to capture the essence of the warm and inviting atmosphere that makes Fore Street such a reliable island in Portland's otherwise capricious dining landscape. (Fun fact: Another of Templeton's exterior photos of Fore Street was published as the cover of a Conor Oberst single last year.)