Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Andrew Volk chats with a customer at the bar. Photo by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club at 75 Market St. had by all appearances a successful grand opening last night. Behind the galvanized metal-topped bar, proprietor Andrew Volk, who owns the bar with his wife, Briana, and local cocktail guru John Meyers (snagged from his longtime post at The Grill Room), shook up libations like the White Noise (St. Germain, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit zest, $8) and the cheeky Late Night at OOB ($10), whose ingredients are listed as "rum, other things, shame." There's also a Daily Punch ($6), served in the appropriate vintage-y glass cup.
The open-face sandwich trio. Photo by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography
Ricky Penatzer, former sous chef at Grace, turns out lovely looking "Bords" of meats, cheeses, pickles, etc. named The Fisher, The Hunter and The Skier (each $15). Other items on the Scandinavian-influenced menu include open-faced sandwiches (3 for $15), oysters ($8) and popcorn with fried shallot, green chili and butter ($5).
The private Lodge room. Members pay $2,000 for a membership, which includes a $1,750 bar tab. Photo by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography
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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.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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