Named for an “unskilled or casual worker” this bar all day, Italian cuisine all night, promises something for the every man (and woman and hipster). “This is going to be an everyday place for visitors and locals,” said Kit Paschal, former Eastern Standard drinks manager, whose co-partner Anders Tallberg worked at the now-shuttered, James Beard winning Hungry Mother in Cambridge.
Both men moved to Portland for gigs at hotspots like Hugo’s and the Hunt and Alpine Club. Now they wrest the best of the high end and turn it over to the proletarians.
“It will be a larger neighborhood restaurant with a reasonable price point,” said Paschal. “We are trying to create a regular place to go for appetizers, entrees … a nice square meal.”
Roustabout opens in October on a gentrifying pocket between Munjoy Hill and East Bayside. Located on the first floor of the Nissen Bakery Building, next to Maine and Loire Wine shop and diagonally across from barbecue joint Terlingua, all less than a year old, this forgotten strip is now atwitter.
Roustabout chefs will roll their own pasta, prepare seafood and poultry and turn out down home, casual fare constantly. Entrees are $18 to $24 (low by Portland standards). “It will be well thought out and community focused,” promises Paschal.
The hours will fit every man and every schedule too. From 11:30 a.m. to midnight six days a week. Four menus — lunch, midday, dinner to late-night — fits any bill.
“We’ll have an exciting wine list: mostly natural and biodynamic wine from next door.” How Brooklyn, er Portland is that?
The decor will be industrial, the ceilings high and the buzz non stop. Like coffee?
As any cabbie or MECA student can attest, “it’s hard to find a good espresso drink after dark in this town,” said Paschal, who has done us a solid. Paring with Tandem Coffee Roasters, diners here can expect a “well executed latte” Morning, noon and night.
More power to the people!
Roustabout 75, Washington Ave., opens this month. Return here for updates.