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May 1, 2006



Gillian Britt 207-767-6488

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Celebrate with Bellamy Jazz Trio on Thursday, May 18


PORTLAND, Maine – Back Bay Grill enters spring with two great things to celebrate -- the honor of being named Portland’s Most Romantic Restaurant in the Portland Phoenix and significant recent kitchen renovations. On Thursday, May 18 Back Bay Grill invites everyone to join a celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Bellamy Jazz Trio.


This year, spring cleaning took on a new meaning at Back Bay Grill – back in February and March, Chef/Owner Larry Matthews Jr. traded in his chef coat for a work belt and transformed his dated kitchen into a streamlined stainless steel and white tile kitchen. The net result of Matthews’ crafty work was two-fold: a mini vacation from the kitchen and a significantly improved workspace that is better suited to Back Bay’s historic fine-dining experience. Matthews called the kitchen enlargement and equipment upgrades “long overdue,” explaining that “this exciting update and these improvements add to the essence of the Grill.”


Back Bay Grill’s kitchen renovation features an expanded preparation area and offers better functionality in the dishwashing and storage areas. Of particular interest, a new counter space has been added to the kitchen area which will double as a dining area. Guests are invited to sit on bar stools and enjoy a literal font row seat in the kitchen.


On Thursday, May 18 Back Bay Grill will celebrate spring, its new kitchen and being honored with the selection as Portland’s Most Romantic Restaurant, with an evening of fun music with Bellamy Jazz Trio and specialty appetizers and cocktails.


Back Bay Grill specializes in classic American cuisine with well known house specialties Duck Two Ways, with Seared Duck Confit and Lavender Marinated Breast and Grilled All Natural Filet Mignon. Other menu options include the hand made Local Goat Cheese Agnolotti and exceptional desserts. Back Bay Grill always offers at least one vegetarian item and all foods are made, from scratch, on the premises. The restaurant places a strong emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients. Back Bay Grill is a member of the Maine Organic Farm Growers Association.

The Back Bay Grill has been the recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past six years and has been featured in such prestigious publications as Art Culinaire, Down East, and the New York Times. Back Bay Grill has earned excellent food reviews from the Maine Sunday Telegram and others. The Back Bay Grill is located at 65 Portland Street in Portland, Maine. For more information about the restaurant, visit or call 207-772-8833.

About Larry Matthews, Jr.
Larry Matthews has been the chef at the Back Bay Grill since 1997 and purchased the restaurant in 2002. Chef Matthews received his degree in culinary arts from Boston’s Newbury College and went on to work with the prestigious White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine followed by the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia before returning to Maine, where he became sous-chef at the Back Bay Grill. In 2001, at the age of 28, Chef Matthews was invited to the James Beard Foundation to participate in the Discovery Series.



What: Back Bay Grill

Where: 65 Portland Street, Portland, Maine

Hours: Dinner, Mon-Thu: 5:30pm- 9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Reservations: (207) 772-8833