New cafe planned for Deering Oaks Park

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It might be snowing in parts of Maine today, but here’s a reason to spring forward: al fresco dining in the park is headed this way.

On Monday, the Portland City Council granted the owners of TIQA restaurant on Commercial Street the right to lease the historic castle in Deering Oaks Park and turn it into a year-round cafe.

Owners Deen Haleem and Carol Mitchell will begin construction on TIQA Cafe ASAP. The second and more intimate location for the giant Mediterranean restaurant, anchoring the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, will also serve wine and beer and have an outdoor cafe. Let’s storm this castle!

House-baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, pastries and java from Coffee by Design will kickstart your mornings. Lunch is salads and lighter Mediterranean delicacies. At night, innovative fresh fare will be served in this architectural gem.

“This is a project we’re passionate about, and we’re excited to make it official,” Haleem said in a press release. “We’re honored to be part of Portland’s thriving restaurant community and we’re really looking forward to helping make Deering Oaks even more of a destination to local residents and visitors to Portland.”

TIQA Cafe is scheduled to open in early summer and will be managed by Tyler Burns.

Kathleen Pierce

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