Micah Camden has become known for his miniature empire in Portland, at one time owning at least a piece of respected restaurants Yakuza, Beast, D.O.C., Fats, and now Little Big Burger in the Pearl District.
I’ve heard very mixed things about Fats over at NE 29th and Killingsworth, known for its British pub fare, since it opened back in late 2009. I never made it there myself, but opinions of friends seemed to vary wildly from really good to not so good.
For whatever reason, bangers & mash, fisherman’s pie and Spotted Dick don’t seem to have been quite the hit the owners had hoped, and Fats closed last week. According to a reader, it will eventually be replaced by a second branch of Little Big Burger. When the new restaurant will open sounds a bit in the air at this point, and there are some interesting whispers floating about town.
If you haven’t been, Little Big Burger is on NW 10th over by the new Penzy’s Spice store. It has a very limited menu: (small) cheese burgers, hamburgers, veggie burgers, fries, sodas and floats. All food is packed to go, but there are tables available if you happen to get there when the restaurant isn’t overflowing.
Personally, I don’t quite get LBB. I’ve been three times – every time the burger has been dry, which isn’t much of a surprise if you watch them forcing the juice out of the meat with the spatula while they are cooked. The fries have been all over the place – one time they were the frozen krinkle-cut variety, another time just perfect, and the third time a greasy, limp over-seasoned mess. Clearly some work needs to be done.
It will be interesting to see how the formula works over at the old Fats location.