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“Do you remember that restaurant that used to be across from the Greyhound bus station on Congress Street called Sportsman’s Grill? If you’re lucky enough to have eaten there then you’ll be thrilled to hear the news that two guys, Paul and his son Rocco Severino, are opening what they call “an homage to Portland’s old Sportsman’s Grill.” And the name certainly rings a bell; Sportsman’s Kitchen & Keg.”
“I’ve always wanted to live and work at Sebago Lake,” said Rocco Severino, adding that the restaurant business is “in my blood.”
The new venture is a nod to the family’s former popular Portland restaurant “to a certain extent” in that it will serve Italian family recipes, said Paul Severino, 58. He traded the restaurant industry for a job in insurance after the Sportsman’s Grill, which operated for nearly 50 years, closed in the late 1990s.
“At the end of the day, it’s a new place with new food,” he added.