The Francis – Portland, Maine

The FrancisThe FrancisWhen Jeff Harder and Nate Delois had an opportunity to purchase the historic Mellen E Bolster House at 747 Congress Street in Portland they had a vision of what it could become.  The home was built in 1881 and had beautiful features and design.  That vision has become The Francis hotel, a 15 room boutique hotel in Portland’s West end.

Jeff and Nate worked with Business Advisor Steve Lovejoy at the Maine SBDC in Portland to develop a solid business plan that helped make that vision real.  Working with Steve, John Egan at CEI, and Bangor Savings Bank, Jeff and Nate were able to put together a complex financing structure that has created a modern boutique hotel while at the same time keeping the beautiful features of the historic building.

The FrancisThe Francis Bolster, Snow & Co.Opening in fall of 2017 after an extended construction phase, The Francis is already becoming a very popular spot in Portland.  In addition to the hotel itself, their in-house restaurant Bolster, Snow & Co. is also becoming popular as a spot for dinner or drinks.

For more information on this growing business, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.