Sandwiched between Maine Sail and Fore Points Marina on the Munjoy Hill waterfront – off the beaten path – is the Marina Bar at Portland Foreside. Opposite the now opened Marina Bar is the excellent food provided by the EVO X Food Truck. Bard Coffee will be opening its truck next week. The finishing touch is the panoramic view of the waterfront accented with yachts docked at Fore Points Marina in the foreground.
This oasis on the waterfront is accessible by the public via the walking path that runs beside it or by boaters through Fore Point Marina.
Last year residents of Munjoy Hill discovered this gem where previously there had been no comparable place for the public to savor the joys of this venue. “At least two dozen people from the Hill have stopped in and asked us when are we opening,” said Casey Prentice, co-owner of the Portland Foreside property today. “They loved it last year and are looking forward to returning soon.” Prentice and his staff were putting finishing touches on the Marina Bar for its opening at 5:00 pm today following final approval to do so from the state last night.
New this year, is an emphasis on supporting non-profits financially in the area following a particularly difficult year. Every week a different non-profit will be featured on the white fence outside the Bar, with opportunities to donate at the door and inside the Bar. The first non-profit is the Foundation USP7.org. A relative of one of the Hospitality’s employees has the condition.
The other non-profits benefiting from this donation campaign are: SailMaine, Maine Island Trail, Ripple Effect, Friends of the Eastern Promenade, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Portland Trails, and the Portland Parks Conservancy. Each one of them has a relationship to the area said Prentice.
Meanwhile, EVO X, is working to expand its current menu. It has contracted with the Hanover Street Food Lab to utilize space there that Chef John Glover is using. “I’m guessing it is going to be the busiest tourist season in years. Everyone is anxious to get out in the warm weather. People feel safe now about getting out and about,” said Glover recently. “I’m excited about working here because from what I heard last year, it’s one of the best spots in Portland,” said Matt Jezierski, who previously worked at Luke’s Lobster. “I want to make food that challenges us and is interesting and different. We’ve come up with some ideas to do that,” said Jezierski, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute as is Glover.
Fore Point Marina has 150 seasonal slips and already there is a waiting list of 130 for those slips. Casey added that there are some overnight and hours clips available for those looking for a short stay in the area. “Portland definitely needs more docking space for boats,” he said.
This oasis on the waterfront is part of the larger redevelopment of almost ten acres of waterfront property purchased by Portland Foreside from Phineas Sprague, Jr., of Cape Elizabeth. Co-owners Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello intend this development to compliment the already well established Exchange Street commercial area with public access to similar amenities as the Old Port offers.
Please visit posts herein dated May 17, 2021 and May 1, 2019 for more background information on the subject.