Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The new booths at Hugo's, 88 Middle St. Photo/Facebook.
A restaurant that helped put Portland on the national food and dining map has reopened with a brand-new look and vibe.
Hugo's, which chef Rob Evans and his wife Nancy Pugh acquired in 2000 and turned into a revered destination restaurant, (Rob winning a James Beard award and Food Network's "Chopped" along the way), was sold in the spring of 2012 to longtime staffers Arlin Smith, Michael Wiley and Andrew Taylor.
In March of this year, the new owners closed the restaurant to begin a renovation that would "strip the space down to its roots, exposing the building's early 19th century original tin ceiling and brick and mortar walls," according to a press release. The new layout features an "open kitchen, plush booth seating and a sprawling, wooden bar that offers diners a close-up view of the inner workings of the Hugo's kitchen."
This week, Hugo's will accept reservations by phone only; beginning July 8, reservations can also be made on Opentable. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
My colleague Meredith Goad was lucky enough to dine at Hugo's during a trial run on Saturday evening. Look for a full report on her experience soon.Tweet
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.