Monday, December 9, 2013
The Portland City Council got a first look at the menu for David Levi's Vinland last night when council members heard and granted his application for the restaurant's liquor license and outdoor seating.
Vinland is under construction at 593 Congress St., adjacent to Congress Square Park. In the works for more than a year (Levi has rented the space since March), its ambitious concept has been well covered by Portland's food media, including Meredith Goad, who wrote about it in June.
In his letter to the council, Levi wrote "Vinland is to be a fine dining restaurant in which every ingredient in every dish is sourced locally, which will be unique in the world."
The same rules will not apply to the drinks list, "as we would be left with very few offerings," but beer, ciders and meads will be local brands and "our spirits will be entirely from the Northeast, to be crafted into cocktails using only other regional ingredients."
From the drawings submitted with the application, it appears that there will be 26 seats, plus 12 at the bar. In the kitchen, "we are cooking on high-efficiency induction, lighting with LED, and heating with local biofuel made from waste cooking oil."
The restaurant is now expected to open in November, serving dinner Tuesday-Saturday, lunch Wednesday-Friday and brunch Saturday and Sunday.
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.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod