TWELVE Restaurant Named One of the Fifty Best by “The New York Times.”


TWELVE, a New Restaurant on the Portland Waterfront..  TWELVE, 115 Thames Street, is the Name of the Former Wooden Pattern Storehouse That Was Part of the Portland Company, a Major Manufacturer in the 1800s.

Outdoor Eating Area at TWELVE, 115 Thames Street, on the East End of POrtland.

Chef Colin Wyatt, at the TWELVE Restaurant  This Summer.

TWELVE, a new restaurant on the Munjoy Hill waterfront, was named today, Monday, September 19, 2022, as one of the fifty (50) best restaurants in the United States by “The New York Times.” The restaurant opened in mid-July of 2022 and expectations for this new restaurant were always high.

Earlier this year VOGUE magazine named it as one of the ten most anticipated new restaurant openings for the summer across the nation.

Chef Colin Wyat, the chef at TWELVE, was formerly a chef at Eleven Madison Park in New York City.  The restaurant is frequentlyl on the best 50 restaurants list worldwide and in 2019 was number one on that list.  Every year it is one of the world’s top five restaurants – known for its New York cuisine and fine dining.  Daniel Garlas, manager of TWELVE, was formerly with Per Se, 10 Columbus Circle, New York City.

TWELVE’s name is derived from the former use of the brick building as the pattern storehouse for the former Portland Company that once occupied the almost ten acres of waterfront property on the east end of Portland.  TWELVE was built in 1895 intentionally separate and apart from the other buildings in the complex.  Portland Company was the major manufacturer in the area and a major employer in the area.  The Company used its wooden patterns repeatedly.  So, they needed to be stored in a fire proof building that could withstand damage from a fire should that ever occur.   The name has come full circle.

Portland Foreside purchased the valuable waterfront property from Phineas Sprague, Jr., of Cape Elizabeth.  The property was for years the home of Portland Yacht Services. The boat yard was relocated to West Commercial Street where it has been greatly expanded from its former location on the east end waterfront.

According to an email from Casey Prentice, of Prentice Hospitality, under whose ownership TWELVE is:  ‘”It took a lot of hard work by the team to win this recognition.”

For more background information on this celebrated restaurant in a historic spot, please read other posts including:  May 17, 2021; May 1, 2019; April 19 and April 3, 2019.