According to the Portland Food Map they went out of business"
"Chef et al. went out of business in May 2009. They billed themselves as a "casual New England bistro". To learn more about Chef et al. read this profile from The Maine Switch (4/16/2008)"
I guess they were not doing the business needed. Some people complained about the location.
I only read their statement of purpose off their website and remember it sounded a bit odd, something about the customers being integral to the business like employees.