City Council Issues Two Licenses to New Establishments in Portland

Stan Finch, President & Co-founder Muse Paintbar

Stan Finch, President & Co-founder Muse Paintbar

By Carol (Scoop) McCracken  (Post # 1,692)

The Portland City Council issued licenses to two new establishments planning to open within the next several months – on or around April 1st.

The Muse Paintbar, to be located at 245 Commercial Street, is an innovative and new concept for Portland patrons.  Patrons will receive painting instructions from  an artist located on a stage in front of them for which they may register in advance on-line.  At the same time, they will be able to order from a wine and beer menu (issued this evening by the city council) as well as some dishes on the lite side.  Stan Finch, president & co-founder said this afternoon that he and his business partner, his former Harvard Business School professor, have already opened two similar venues  elsewhere in New England and are looking at other locations on the east coast.  Bars of this type are popular in Dallas and Houston, Texas.  There will be set times that can be viewed on-line – cost will be between $29. – $39.  Local artists will be hired as instructors. Please visit:

Brothers Noah and Dan Talmatch received a Liquor License and unamplified entertainment for their second restaurant in Portland.  Timber, opening in April or early May, is a steakhouse to be located at 106 Exchange Street.  Noah owned restaurants previously in New York City before selling them and moving to Portland several years ago.  He has been visiting Portland for about 30 years and told the City Council tonight that he “loves Portland.”  This is the second joint business for the two brothers – the first is The North Point at 35 Silver Street.  Please visit: and/or