A new “accessible fine dining” restaurant will open in the former spot of The Patio in Manette. That’s what executive chef Timm Higgins calls the soon-to-open Orion.
The restaurant will feature local, seasonal foods, and Higgins plans to change the menu monthly. Higgins, who was trained in french technique at Le Cordon Bleu Collage of Culinary Arts in Portland, has created an opening menu that includes such dishes as scallops in brown butter with Brussels sprouts, bacon, apple and champagne; chicken with roasted garlic gnocchi, peas and carrots with hunter sauce; or wild mushrooms with Parmesan risotto croquette, blue cheese and Marsala.
The full opening menu is posted below as well as in the window of the restaurant.
Higgins is opening the restaurant with two longtime friends and investors, local Jason Uhtoff, who is a 911 dispatcher and president of the company and Charles Weaver, an Air Force Major and stationed in Virgina.
I hope to catch up with Higgins in the next couple weeks to learn more about the restaurant.