Operated and managed by acclaimed New York chef Akhtar Nawab, and inspired by Greater Portland’s deeply authentic food culture, Rock Row’s Food Hall will be a destination dining, tasting, beer and wine experience that draws from all over. Guests will enjoy the most sumptuous presentation of local ingredients, artisanal goods, onsite brews and chef-driven cuisine—all to delight the six-million-plus guests, shoppers, residents and office workers who come to Rock Row annually.

Chef Nawab

Chef Akhtar Nawab

Rock Row’s 550-seat, 15-menu food hall offers creative chefs, small fast-casual restaurant owners and food-truck operators the ability to present their culinary talents and be a brick-and-mortar owner—with lower fixed overhead than a traditional full-sized restaurant. We are actively seeking diverse concepts to showcase an amazing display of unmistakably Maine-inspired food ideas and concepts.   

Apply now for Food Hall Space.

“The life of the party is always in the kitchen. It’s a comfortable place where everyone is free to be themselves. With Rock Row, we aim to create Maine’s kitchen…open and welcome to all.”

CHEF AKHTAR NEWAB
Co-CEO/Founding Partner, Hospitality HQ    |   Sr. Advisor & Executive Chef, Rock Row Food & Beer Hall

   

“I’m hard-pressed to think of a small town with as large of an impact on the country’s food scene. Greater Portland has become one of America’s great restaurant cities.”

Andrew Zimmern
Food & Wine

“Named Portland The Top Restaurant City In The US (2018)”

Bon Appetit

“Portland is a gastro-tourism paradise. Set aside as many days as you can and stuff yourself silly.”

Boston Globe

“…Portland has undergone a controlled fermentation for culinary ideas—combining young chefs in a hard climate with few rules, no European tradition to answer to…and has become one of the best places to eat in the Northeast.”

New York Times

“Maine Named #4 Top Region In The World To Visit”

Lonely Planet

25,700

SQUARE FOOT HALL

550

SEATING CAPACITY

15

UNIQUE FOOD OFFERINGS

7

SPIRIT TASTING ROOMS

ROCK ROW FEATURES

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20+ RESTAURANTS—CASUAL TO CHEF DRIVEN
600,000 SF MODERN CLASS-A OFFICEs & MEDICAL campus 
300,000 SF OPEN-AIR RETAIL, CINEMA & SERVICES
80,000 SF STATE-OF-THE-ART MARKET BASKET GROCERY (2M GUESTS ANNUALLY)
26-ACRE QUARRY WITH 4-SEASON activities, BOARDWALK & LIGHT SHOWS
750+ DISTINCTIVE & MODERN 1, 2 & 3 BED RESIDENCES
200+ PROGRAMMED EVENTS ANNUALLy
70 MILES OF NATURAL RECREATION TRAILS

MAINE’S LARGEST MEETING & CONVENTION CENTER (200+ EVENTS & CONCERTS ANNUALLY)

AMPLE SURFACE & DECK PARKING

BOUTIQUE & EXTENDED STAY HOTELS

ON-SITE DAYCARE CENTERS

FULL-SERVICE HEALTH CLUBS & SPECIALTY FITNESS

THE LATEST & MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE

ON-SITE TRANSIT HUB RAIL, BUS, BIKE & PEDESTRIAN ACCESS

PERSONALIZED, FIVE-STAR CONCIERGE SERVICE

  • MAINE’S LARGEST MEETING & CONVENTION CENTER
    (200+ EVENTS & CONCERTS ANNUALLY
  • BOUTIQUE & EXTENDED STAY HOTELS
  • FULL-SERVICE HEALTH CLUBS & SPECIALTY FITNESS
  • ON-SITE TRANSIT HUB
    (RAIL, BUS, BIKE & PEDESTRIAN ACCESS)
  • AMPLE SURFACE & DECK PARKING
  • ON-SITE DAYCARE CENTERS
  • THE LATEST & MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
  • PERSONALIZED, FIVE-STAR CONCIERGE SERVICE

IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL

Rock Row is in the center of the region’s primary traffic flow with two direct exits off Interstate-95/Maine Turnpike. An on-site transportation hub connects guests by train, bus, ride shares and links with Portland’s nearby International Jetport, cruise terminal and historic downtown.

    Rock Row Portland Area Map

    A Premier Tourist Destination

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    • Largest metropolitan area North of Boston–less than two-hour drive
    • Amtrak Downeaster train runs direct from Boston to Portland
      (574,404 passengers in 2019; a 7.8% increase from 2018)
    • Linked to nearby Portland International Jetport
      (14% year-over-year increase in passengers)
    • Linked to Portland Cruise Terminal and historic downtown
    • Portland is the closest port to Europe–more than 100 cruises annually
    • New York: 314 miles
      Montreal: 256 miles
      Quebec City: 284 miles
    $635 Million Spent Locally By Visitors AnnuallY
    $251 Average Spend On Food By Overnight Visitors (2018)

    Maine named #4 region in the world to visit  
    lonely planet (2019)

    portland named top restaurant city in the u.s.  
    bon appetit (2018)

      strength in numbers

       

      520,000

      Greater Portland MSA population

      37 M

      Total Maine visitors
      in 2018

      16.6 M

      Non-Resident day visitors
      in Maine in 2018

      30%

      Increase in visitors
      since 2012

      $79,000

      Greater Portland MSA
      average household income

      6 M

      Total Portland visitors
      in 2018

      20%

      Canadian visitor spend
      as a percentage of total

      200,000

      Total number of cruise passengers in 2018

      75 Miles

      Sunday River

      Over 50,000 Visitors per season

      57 Miles

      Ski Resorts of
      North Conway, NH

      Attitash, Wildcat, Cranmore
      & Black Mountain

      106 Miles

      Boston, MA

      19 M visitors annually

      284 Miles

      Quebec City

      2 M Visitors Annually

      19 Miles

      Old Orchard Beach, ME

      2 M Visitors  & Top tourist destination in Maine (9,000 year-round residents & 75,000 summer residents)

      176 Miles

      Acadia National Park

      3.5 M Visitors in 2018

      21 Miles

      Freeport, ME

      3 M Visitors Annually

      6 Miles

      Old Port, Portland, ME

      1 M summertime Visitors/residents

      MAINE’S LARGEST CONVENTION CENTER 

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      The seasonal Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row, managed by LiveNation, is being converted into a year-round venue that will be the largest meeting and conventions center in the State of Maine. The state-of-the-art facility will be a showcase for Rock Row, and the state, and will attract conferences from across the globe along with A-list performance artists. 

      • 8,200+ Capacity & More Than 200 Meeting, Conferences & Performances Per Year
      • Largest Conference & Concert Venue In Maine
      • Retractable Wall Opens to Outside Seating

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      MARKETING SUPPORT 

      At every turn, Rock Row provides your food operation with unparalleled marketing support and meaningful engagement of our more than six million annual guests.

      • Dynamic Social Media Programming
      • On-Site Content Lab & Social-Sharing Stations
      • 60+ Digital Displays—50,000+ Database
      • 200+ Programmed Events
      • Public-Space/Quarry Spectacular Takeovers
      Rock your world at Rock Row. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCK ROW’S FOOD HALL, PLEASE SHARE YOUR CONCEPT WITH CHEF AKHTAR WAWAB fill out THE APPLICATION here. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AND SHOWCASING YOUR CULINARY TALENTS AT ROCK ROW.