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By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 30, 2009

As far as new fine-dining establishments, January will bring the opening of FIGA on Congress, at the bottom of Munjoy Hill. There has been buzz about this chef-owned venture for at least six months, and it will be nice to finally see what is behind the sign in the window. The chef, Lee Farrington, worked at Fore Street and Uffa. Unlike those spots, she plans to offer food inspired by "world cuisine." It makes one a little nervous since the jack of all trades can at times be the master of none. But in striking out on her own with a very different cuisine from most Portland dining, this chef seems willing to take a chance in a year when few restaurateurs will have a taste for risk.

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