The Federal, the new boutique lodge in Brunswick, characteristics a $3.5 million renovation, an upscale restaurant that revives a former Portland beloved, and even potentially a ghost.
The lodge, beforehand identified as the Captain Daniel Stone Inn at 10 Drinking water St. in Brunswick, re-opened March 6 less than a new name, ownership and administration soon after a yr of renovations.
By the end of April, the cafe portion, known as 555 North, will open up and convey back again the vibe of the former Five Fifty-5 restaurant in Portland that shut in 2020 just after 17 years in business enterprise.
“People in and about Brunswick are very thrilled and vested in acquiring this house returned to a lodge and restaurant. There was a substantial subsequent for that restaurant from in advance of and we imagine it will be a attract for this region,” stated Gerard Kiladjian, president of Portland-primarily based Principal Hospitality, which manages the house.
The making was sold at bank foreclosures in Sept. 2020 for $1.6 million to Belle Stage Keeping LLC and has been closed for two a long time.
The lodge, the original section of which was developed in 1810, options 30 rooms.
The new title of the hotel emerged from the developing becoming initially developed in the Federalist era, the architectural type that ran from about 1780 to 1840. As the owners referred to the oldest part of the constructing, they retained indicating “the Federal” aspect and the name stuck, Kiladjian explained.
The resort was decorated and styled by Annie K Patterns in Portland, which is owned by Kiladjian’s wife.
“It’s one issue to renovate a hotel. It is another point to have it styled and created by somebody with a real talent and eye for design. It helps make anything specific,” Kiladjian, who reported operating with his spouse on the undertaking was a pleasure relatively than a battle. “Not all spouses can say that.”
Shut to Bowdoin and midcoast internet sites
Kiladjian expects to attract from folks browsing nearby Bowdoin Higher education, as perfectly as community firms and travellers visiting the midcoast.
“It’s strategically positioned for the midcoast region. You can get to Boothbay and Camden inside an quick push north and you have Portland to the south. There is seriously not an additional boutique hotel in this space like this. We made a decision to go a little higher on renovation to convert this home into something special that would draw in a boutique lodge consumer,” Kiladjian explained.
The Federal is Portland-based mostly Principal Hospitality’s initially challenge, but Kiladjian has been in the hotel enterprise for many years and was general supervisor of the Portland Harbor Resort.
“We’re looking to increase and obtain far more qualities and repurpose them to insert benefit to their markets,” Kiladjian claimed, who extra that any new venture would possible be about a year away.
Meanwhile, 555 North will be its possess draw for people today, Kiladjian said.
The restaurant will have seating for 140 individuals and a private dining place. It will have a horseshoe-shaped bar, an open up fireplace and “new New England” farm-to-desk delicacies.
“The cafe can maintain larger teams, of say 10, 12, 14 people today, which a ton of restaurants in this area simply cannot. There’s almost nothing like this in the sector concerning Brunswick and Portland,” Kiladjian mentioned.
555 North will revive the former restaurant with its white table cloths, copper accents and chalkboard with a favourite quote of the working day or week, mentioned Steve Corry, who, with his wife Michelle, owned the primary 5 Fifty-5 and is bringing 555 North to lifetime. They nonetheless individual the sister restaurant Petite Jacqueline in Portland.
“The approach is to make it as near as we can to the original with the decor, the cuisine, the new music,” Corry explained. “We imagine folks will appear from Portland and north of there. Falmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport. It is a fast generate.”
Corry explained he had looked casually at other spots in Scarborough when Kiladjian contacted him about the area at The Federal.
“We know that in Brunswick, it can be a seasonal place along the coast. But we want to get the job done with the neighborhood farms and fishermen and persons who are the purveyors so they can be patrons, as well. We want a relationship,” Corry stated.
An added factor that The Federal will boast is a hint of Captain Daniel Stone’s daughter, Narcissa Stone, a philanthropist and businesswoman who died in 1877.
“There’s often been discuss about rumblings of her nevertheless lingering all around,” Kiladjian mentioned.
Kiladjian reported he hasn’t listened to any noises or found any ghosts himself, but “you can never ever be sure.”
A picture of Stone is featured in the foyer and the hotel’s top suite is named soon after her.