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Posted: December 18, 2014

Voila! A French cafe and patisserie coming to the Old Port

In a bold move, Portland restaurant veterans Michelle and Steve Corry are entering the casual dining world with an upscale French-inspired cafe and patisserie in the Old Port.

Written by: John Golden

The momentum continues in Portland with new restaurants opening as fast as the blink of an eye. New on the horizon is a patisserie-style café set to open at 46 Market St. in the Old Port, on the pivotal corner of Milk and Market streets, diagonally across from the Portland Regency Hotel and the nearby Crooked Mile Cafe, the latter a popular daytime sandwich and coffee shop.

The forthcoming cafe and patisserie to open at 46 Market St. in Portland

The site of the forthcoming cafe and patisserie to open at 46 Market St. in Portland. Photos by John Golden

It’s owned by dynamic restaurateurs Michelle Corry and her chef husband, Steve Corry, co-proprietors of two, five-star Portland restaurants, Five Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline.

On a prime corner in Portland's Old Port

A prime corner in Portland’s Old Port.

In an exclusive telephone interview with Michelle Corry late yesterday afternoon, she revealed that it will be a casual restaurant serving French-inspired café  salads, sandwiches, soups and wine throughout the day with breakfast, lunch and dinnertime service.  The focus, however, will be on pastry, headed by a highly regarded local pastry chef, whose name was not, as yet, revealed. Count on Parisian-style espresso and coffee, killer croissants at breakfast and classic eclairs and Napoleons, French onion soup and salad Nicoise as part of a casual menu of light fare.

Unnamed so far, the café is located in the heart of the Old Port, serving both the downtown business district and tourists who are visiting the city more and more often year round. Permits are still pending so an opening date is not yet known. Stay tuned for more details.

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