Last night I had dinner at Maverick's in the Portland Public Market. I have been there four times since it opened, and each time the service has been friendly, the food quality excellent, and the atmosphere pleasantly upscale (of course, I am not sure what about the Public Market inspires a Western theme, but at this point they simply go with the flow). The price is also downright inexpensive.
All that said, each time I have eaten there the place has been practically EMPTY. Maverick's - as a well marketed family steakhouse - brings full circle the attempt to fill the space with something, ANYTHING, that will work commercially. I can't help but wonder a) how much longer Maverick's will be in business, b) who would dare step in to fill the next void, and c) if the space shouldn't be converted to market stalls like the rest of the PPM.