Power to Preble Street: Dutch’s opens this fall


A Dutch’s classic

Things keep getting better and better on Preble Street in Portland. As if Arcadia National Bar and Slab weren’t enough, along comes Dutch’s, a new breakfast/lunch spot set to open at 28 Preble Street, formerly Downhome Cooking, next month.

The leaves are falling and so are gastro options galore in the Port City right now.

Lucy and Ian Dutch will turn out “fast-casual” meals from their scratch kitchen. “We have over 20 years of combined cooking experience in Boston, San Francisco, and Nantucket,” said Lucy in an email. “Ian is from Maine and wanted to return.”

This story line sounds familiar. The pied piper is calling all foodies back to Maine’s culinary capital. Ian Dutch grew up in Belfast and traversed the country perfecting his skills.

Combined, the Dutches have robust kitchen chops. They met at Market by Jean Georges in Boston’s uber swank W Hotel, where she was pastry chef, he was executive sou chef. Their resumes include stints at Bonfire By Todd English, MayField Bakery in Palo Alto and a smattering of high-end stops in San Francisco from Bar Tartine to Aziza to Benu. Lucy baked at Shannie Cakes in Sausalito.

For the last four years the Dutches have worked as personal chefs for a private family in Nantucket. No word if this is John Kerry and Terry Heins or another well-heeled ACK clan. Point is, they ditched island for peninsula to our grazing gain!

No opening date yet, “probably the beginning of November,” Lucy suspects.

Phew! We’ve got time to adjust our diets so we can splurge on homemade breakfast sandwiches with house-made sausages, fresh baked bread and other gourmet delights.

Dutch’s Portland is also hiring all positions. Go get em!

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.