Fine Wine + Good Times, a ten year odyssey
Northern Union is the realization of a dream that began over ten years ago. While visiting a friend in Chicago, owners Matt & Lauren Wickert discovered the "perfect dining experience" during an impromptu stop at a Chicago wine bar. What began as a stop for a pre-dinner drink ended with a night of good wine, excellent food and great conversation. Since that day they have talked about creating their very own space on the East Coast. After an enjoyable career in the Pharmaceutical industry, they decided in 2014 to turn the dream into reality. Knowing that it takes more than just a good concept and a dream to have a successful restaurant and wine bar, Matt & Lauren put together a team of awesome individuals to help them achieve their goal.
The Heart and Soul of the Kitchen
Executive Chef Romann Dumorne (formerly of 50 Local in Kennebunk, and The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport) creates amazing small plates and seasonal entrées, crafting most everything in-house. Romann leads a culinary team that has a passion for flavor, quality, and simplicity of ingredients. He has been featured in Maine Magazine, The Portland Press Herald and Zest Maine Magazine.
THE ANCHOR OF THE BAR
Bar Master Tim Yee (formerly of The Painted Burro, Boston) is the anchor of our craft cocktail and curated beers at Northern Union. Tim has been with us since the beginning, and brings an amazing level of creativity to the cocktail program. He knows his wine, too. Rumor has it that Matt won't bring in any new wines until he gets the nod of approval from Tim.
Designing the space
We embarked on a re-design project of the existing restaurant space in order to create the right atmosphere for our guests, as well as signal something new had arrived in town. Since the space was formerly a house, we treated the rooms in kind, creating various dining areas offering completely unique dining experiences. The entire project was a collaboration with the amazing design firm Magnifico Design. From the name (which is a take on Maine being the northernmost state in New England, and the Union of food and wine) to the interior design of the space, Magnifico worked closely with Matt & Lauren to turn their dream into a stunning reality.