Tuesday June 04, 2013 | 05:04 PM

Details of the plans, both physical and culinary, for four Portland restaurants under construction were revealed at last night's meeting of The Portland City Council. Not all of them are restaurants, exactly. Portland Hunt & Alpine Club — the cocktail bar coming to 75 Market St.— and MJ's Wine Bar at One City Center focus on beverages; food is secondary. Portland & Rochester Public House on Preble Street will have a full, bistro-style menu, as will the Thai noodle soup shop Mi Sen. Here is a snapshot of each of these upcoming additions to Portland - all with projected openings sometime this summer.

Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, 75 Market St.

Previously: Simply Home.

Owners: Andrew and Briana Volk; Timothy Volk.

Concept: Craft cocktail bar. "Our goal is to become a central location for the local craft spirits and bartending community." - Andrew Volk

Space: Bar and window bar; communal tables; private room for members only.

Projected opening: July.

Mi Sen, 630 Congress St.

Previously: Korea House.

Owner: Darit Chandpen, whose family also owns Sala Thai on Washington Avenue.

Concept: Thai restaurant specializing in noodle soups.

Projected opening: Late June.

Portland & Rochester Public House, 120 Preble St.

Previously: G&R DiMillo's

Owner: Garret FitzGerald, who also owns The Dog and Pony Tavern in Bar Harbor.

Concept: Pub and bistro. "... geared around our local ingredients, the flavors we love and the history of Maine and the surrounding areas. ... Portland & Rochester Public House is a nod to the rail line of the same name that used to exist here. The idea of the railway seemed a great vehicle to support our local goals." - Garrett FitzGerald

Space: Lounge, dining room, outdoor patio.

Projected opening: June 15.

MJ's Wine Bar at One City Wines, One City Center

Previously: Dante's and Tic Taco.

Owner: Mark Ohlson.

Concept: Wine bar for enjoyment and education. "I want to make a special place for laughter and acceptance while showing my clientele the history, flavor and process that brings wine from around the world to the table and into our hearts." - Mark Ohlson

Space: Large horseshoe-shaped bar; lounge and small table seating; communal table; outdoor patio.

Projected opening: July 15.

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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