I came across this news while doing the final fact check for the new edition of my Moon Coastal Maine guidebook. Havana, one of Bar Harbor’s top restaurants, plans to open on Wharf Street, in Portland in spring 2010.
In doing a bit of online research, it appears that Cassady Pappas, who participated in this year’s Harvest on the Harbor, will be the executive chef: “Cassady Pappas is the Executive Chef for Portland’s newest Latin fusion restaurant, “Uno Mas”, set to open in the Spring of 2010 at 52 Wharf Street.”
Yeah, yeah, the street number is different from the one on the Havana South website, but Cassady is a long-timer with restaurateur Michael Boland, so it makes sense. Boland, by the way, has a very successful track record with the restaurants he’s opened in Bar Harbor. He’s a savvy businessman. If this version of Havana is anything similar to the original one, it should be a nice addition to Portland’s crowded restaurant scene.