5 other Portland restaurants that closed during the pandemic
PORTLAND, Maine – For a decade, the number of upscale breweries, restaurants and bars in the city has skyrocketed, as has its reputation as a culinary destination. Two years ago, Bon Appetit magazine even named this foodie burg its Restaurant City of the Year.
But in March, the state’s coronavirus lockdown closed all dining rooms in Portland. Since the restrictions eased, the city’s water points have operated under an ever-changing set of capacity and seating rules. This was too much for some restaurateurs, and they closed their doors for good.
Here are five other Portland restaurants and pubs, on an ever-growing list, that haven’t gotten through these virus-complicated times.
On September 11, the Cellar Door Winery at Thompson’s Point made an announcement on Facebook. “The Point is designed and engineered to bring together a large number of people,” he said. “Unfortunately… gatherings are not feasible now or in the near future. It is therefore with tenderness that we will organize our last tastings at Thompson’s Point by reservation on Saturday, September 19.
The Holy Donut closed its location in the Old Port on October 19. In a social media statement, he wrote: “The pandemic has had a huge impact on this location and we have made the decision not to renew our lease. Potato confectionery enthusiasts can always grab their fix of donuts at Park Avenue and Scarborough stores.
Likewise, southern fried breakfast supplier Po ‘Boys and Pickles’ also closed its Old Port location on Federal Street in October. There is no online statement about its closure, but one reviewer recently wrote: “Loved being able to walk here for lunch. I was sad to see the equipment disappear when I walked past today.
The American restaurant Flood’s vacated its space at 747 rue du Congrès at the end of October. Local five-star reviews and mentions in the New York Times and the Boston Globe weren’t enough to keep it open. No specific reason was given for the shutdown. Flood’s website now simply shows an image of a burger and fries with the following text: “We have closed permanently. Thanks for the good times.
Finally, Ernie’s Pool & Darts on Forest Avenue announced its closure in November. Eernie’s was an institution, located across from Baxter Woods for over 25 years. A November 11 Facebook post read, “All of us at Ernie’s would like to thank all of our loyal customers for making Ernie’s what it was, a great place to hang out and meet new friends. Our motto was “The fun never stops”, but 2020 has stopped the fun. “
Portland still has a large number of restaurants still open for eat in and take out. The Portland Food Map has a full list of what works.