The owners of a Danforth Inn in Portland are shutting Tempo Dulu and Opium, a inn’s swanky grill and bar. They contend a preference to tighten a businesses after Mar 31 is not connected to a inn’s imminent foreclosure auction.
Raymond Brunyanszki, co-owner of a inn, pronounced a businesses were not essential adequate and that a “disconnect” existed between a guest staying during a motel and people dining during a restaurant. He also cited a problem of anticipating competent staff informed with Southeast Asian cuisine.
The Danforth Inn and a sister property, a Camden Harbour Inn, are scheduled for foreclosure auctions Mar 29, though Brunyanszki pronounced in an talk Tuesday that a businesses will record for Chapter 11 failure during a finish of this week, that will take those auctions off a table. He pronounced Tempo Dulu and Opium would have sealed regardless of problems with Bar Harbor Bank Trust, that financed a inns.
Brunyanszki called a foreclosure auctions an “unnecessary step” and a “very aggressive” pierce by a bank. “I consider we, from both sides, mislaid trust in any other,” he said.
The bank’s corporate bureau in Bar Harbor did not respond to a summary left there Tuesday.
Brunyanszki pronounced he and his partner, Oscar Verest, have sum resources that are, conservatively, value some-more than $12 million and their loan was for $5.4 million, “so it’s not even 50 percent of all a assets.” He pronounced they devise to be out of failure by Jul during a latest.
Tempo Dulu non-stop in 2015. Guests were �lite from a impulse they sat down, removing comfortable palm towels aromatic with jasmine and frangipani, afterwards dining on dishes such as Beef Rendang and Bumbu Bali Halibut Steamed in Banana Leaf. Eating there could take a large punch out of some people’s budget, with cooking for dual and drinks simply costing as most as $200 to $250.
Opium followed in 2017, inciting most controversy over a name, that caused an conflict on amicable media. Some people believed a name was inapt given the state’s opioid crisis; others suspicion a judgment of mimicking “a Shanghai drug basement of a ’20s” was culturally insensitive.
Brunyanszki pronounced a bar also had a supporters, though during a finish of a day “some business competence not have come to us since of a name.” He pronounced a bar’s singular space and a tiny series of cocktails it served done it some-more of an amenity in a motel than a large partial of a business.
“The grill is a biggest section of a two, and even if it is successful it still doesn’t unequivocally supplement up,” he said.
The biggest plea opposed a grill and bar, Brunyanszki said, was that a marketplace for high-end Southeast Asian cuisine is “just too niche” for Portland. Many restaurants in Maine onslaught during a delayed winter months, though he pronounced Tempo Dulu indeed fared improved during that time; in a summer, a inn’s guest wanted to sup outside, revisit breweries or eat during other prohibited restaurants in town. Visitors to Maine weren’t looking for Southeast Asian food, he said.
Brunyanszki pronounced that nonetheless 99 percent of a guest who stay during a Camden Harbour Inn (which binds a prestigious Relais Châteaux designation) sup during Natalie’s, a inn’s restaurant, usually 30 percent of a guest during a Danforth Inn ate during Tempo Dulu. Ultimately, a Portland businesses were “so extrinsic it doesn’t make clarity to continue,” he said.
“Tempo Dulu did well,” Brunyanszki said. “We only don’t see any growth, and we do need expansion with a rising cost of labor and products.”
Although some of a restaurant’s staff found other positions within a company, 3 people – dual in a kitchen and one front-of-the-house staffer – will remove their jobs, Brunyanszki said.
The Danforth, that has 9 rooms, will continue to work as a oppulance inn, and Opium will still offer cocktails to motel guests, nonetheless it competence not continue underneath that name.
Brunyanszki pronounced a association has not nonetheless motionless either it will open a opposite grill during a Danforth, franchise out a space or continue to work a motel but a restaurant. He pronounced a association will concentration on Natalie’s this summer, afterwards re-evaluate a options for a Danforth subsequent winter.
Both Tempo Dulu and Opium have been featured in such inhabitant publications as Bon Appetit, Food Wine and Conde Nast Traveler. Opium was good famous for a sold hazed cocktail called a Jakarta, that was named best cocktail in a nation by Starchefs in 2015.
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