You may remember the Embassy Suites at 121 SW 3rd, was once home to the Portland Steak and Chophouse. After a short time, it was sold and renamed Kincaid’s, which is now becoming Portland Prime. But did you know that as part of the 1912 Rose Festival, pilot Silas Christopherson flew his Curtiss Pusher biplane off the roof of the building as a publicity stunt? If you’ve been here a while, you probably watched in 1995, when pilot Tom Murphy duplicated the feat to celebrate the remodeling and reopening of the hotel which had been abandoned in 1963. It is now the Embassy Suites. You can read more about the history of the building here. In it’s heyday, it was one of the finest hotels on the west coast.
The owners of Portland Prime will be making upgrades in a phased approach while the restaurant is open. The work is expected to be complete by the end of October. Some of the changes include creation of a private dining room and adjacent wine room, and additions to the bar lounge which will feature areas to prepare and serve charcuterie, artisan cheese and NW oysters.
The bar will include four taps in a barrel-to-tap configuration, with the first two featuring offerings from Sokol Blosser. The charcuterie selections will include imported and domestic items, as well as a pork and pistachio terrine from Olympic Provisions. Artisanal cheeses will feature selections from both local producers as well as others from around the world. Oysters will change daily depending on availability, but the selection include Kumamotos from Oregon, Fanny Bay oysters from Vancouver Island, BC, Giggamottos from Oregon and a Hammersley Inslet selection from Washington. Local craft beers on draft will include Ninkasi IPA, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Mac & Jack’s Amber, Widmer Hefeweizen and a rotating seasonal offering
Russell Kool will be Executive Chef. He has a wide variety of cooking experience from Canada to Australia and the US. In Portland, he has cooked at several local restaurants, including Skamania Lodge, the University Club and the Heathman Lodge.