Faced with delays after a hiring push for September, the team at highly anticipated Scales has been tight-lipped about its progress lately. As of a month ago, the interior of the upcoming sister restaurant to Fore Street and Street and Co. was still in full-on construction mode — with booths installed but no tables, for example. Now, though, vendors report that January 15, 2016 is set as the tentative opening date.
The latest Portland venture from Dana Street and renowned chef/business partner Sam Hayward is actually a revamp of a restaurant and fish market that existed where Slab now stands, in what used to be the Portland Public Market. Scales 2.0, so to speak, occupies the ground floor of a new building at 68-72 Commercial Street on Maine Wharf. Upstream Trucking, a seafood company co-owned by Street and fishmonger George Parr, is apparently planning to open a small retail component connected to Scales.