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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: November 7, 2014

The Salt Exchange in Portland is closing, will be sold

Written by: Susan Axelrod
The dining room at The Salt Exchange. Press Herald file photo

The dining room at The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St.. Press Herald file photo

We were sorry to read the news on Facebook this afternoon that owner Charlie Byron has decided to close and sell his 5-year-old Old Port restaurant, The Salt Exchange.
“Late last week our chef and sous chef were presented with an offer that we could not match,” he writes. That chef, Torr Kelso, was briefly the sous chef under Adam White, who left the restaurant in July for a position in Portsmouth, N.H. 
In her “Dispatches” column for the Portland Press Herald on Wednesday, Meredith Goad wrote that Byron was “rebooting” the restaurant and signing a new, five-year lease. The public was invited to a event on Nov. 13 to meet Kelso and sample dishes from his new menu.
In February, then-Press Herald restaurant critic John Golden awarded The Salt Exchange four stars.

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