Harding Lee Smith, Chef, Restauranteur
A Fresh Start For A Historic Restaurant
When we purchased the century old Boone’s property in 2012 we knew it was going to be a big project. The potential of this historic property was too promising to ignore, unfortunately so was the structural damage. In December we began demolition, stripping it down and replacing wooden beams with steel. The result is a sturdy new building that will last another hundred years.
Using Reclaimed Timber To Preserve A Piece Of The Past
During the demolition we made sure to save all the original timber. We stripped it down to its original grain and used it throughout the new restaurant. The reclaimed wood is not only beautiful, but is a great reminder of the amount of work and attention to detail that went into the original construction. Boone’s was built to be Portland’s favorite seafood restaurant, and we’re rebuilding it with the same intention.
A Big Space With Lots Of Options
The best part of working with such a big space is getting to decide what will go where. We have 2 floors and a spacious second floor porch to work with. The first floor will be Boone’s, a traditional Maine seafood restaurant with the same high-end preparation that The Rooms restaurants are known for. We’ve furnished the dining room with custom-built tables made from cherry wood to match the wainscoting on the walls.
The second floor will be the Oyster room. It will feature a 25 foot full raw bar, wood burning ovens for flat-breads, and a spacious function area which can hold up to 85 people. The outside deck with views of Portland harbor will be a great place to sit with some oysters and enjoy Portland’s beautiful summer nights. We are on target to finish construction by mid-July, and we can’t wait to welcome locals and tourists into this space that we are so proud of!