Owner of Three Dollar Dewey’s Buys Portland’s Popular Porthole Restaurant
Portland's wharfs are changing hands including the longstanding Porthole Restaurant.
According to Mainebiz, the owners of Three Dollar Dewey's in Portland and the Saltwater Grill in South Portland can add the Porthole Restaurant & Pub to their list of great restaurants.
The Porthole opened up way back in 1929, at 20 Custom House Wharf. Custom House Wharf was just sold after being family-owned for oh, 200 years.
Here's the great news for The Porthole. They are keeping all 35 employees and the manager Beth Penna Poitras. I've been going and working with the Porthole for decades. Portland's largest outdoor deck is a melting pot for people wanting a fun happy hour, tourists looking for a great double lobster dinner, and anyone who wants to hang on the water on a warm summer Maine day.
That vibe will hopefully survive the new ownership. Ken MacGowan who has owned the Porthole since 2013 said that he feels that it will stay just as relevant and iconic as it always has. Especially with Beth staying on as manager. She's awesome and runs that place with such care as if she owned it.
The Porthole for locals is a great place to hang, but it's been the home to many celebrity citings including. Andrew Zimmern who stopped by to try the chowder one summer.
Even Gordon Ramsey was NICE when he stopped by for breakfast.
Guy Fieri has also been by because as much as this is a great place to stop by and have a couple of beers, it's also got some damn fine food.
Good luck to Beth and the crew! We will keep on coming by because the Porthole is the way Portland does summer (and fall, spring, and winter cuz they are open year-round!)