New Puerto Rican restaurant ‘Papi’ opens in Old Portland Harbor
November will be the perfect time to head to Portland for a fantastic meal.
Executive Chef Ronnie Medlock (Mellen Street Market) cooks up Puerto Rican inspiration with a new restaurant, Papi. This is a Puerto Rican bar and kitchen on Exchange Street where the old LuLu Lemon was. I’d rather have an empanada than stretchy pants anytime.
This new restaurant is owned by the Miranda Group, which brought you Blyth and Burrows and ViA VECCHiA. It was actually at Byth and Burrows that you probably got Boss Hogg’s Empanadas in their pop-up.
Joshua Miranda of Miranda Group said Old Port of Portland,
Everything was so good and hard to find around Portland. One bite and I thought I could eat it every day.
Papi will be a mix of chef Ronnie Medlock and his childhood memories and beverage manager LyAnna Sanabria. Ronnie is no stranger to a kitchen and remembers as a child associating food with love and family. Either you were brought up where food is a love language, or you unfortunately aren’t. Chef Ronnie knows you can create lasting memories with special dishes. And he is a master.
There will be Puerto Rican-inspired dishes at Papi’s, including Mofongo made with fried green plantains, seasoned with garlic, olive oil and pork crackers, then mashed. There will be Pernil (stewed pork roast), Pinchos (meat kabobs), Alcapurrias (root vegetable fritters), and of course Chef Ronnie’s empanadas.
Then you add LyAnna Sanabria, who is a well-known bartender who brings her expertise in craft cocktails to round out the menu. His father is from Puerto Rico and his mother is from Maine – so Grandpa is perfect. She has all kinds of ideas for creating a fun and tasty cocktail. Like she said Old Port of Portland,
I want to create a bar that I want to drink in – pure, unadulterated Puerto Rican bliss. Our hospitality is special. It’s full, it’s hot, it’s noisy, it can hurt.
Get ready for some warm and fun pain starting in November! It should be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.