First Look at Ración

Racion Portland

Ración has been doing a series of press/test dinners, and we were happy to get an invite. The space is sexy, but not pretentious, anchored with a show kitchen surrounded by an 18-seat L-shaped chef's counter wrapped around the kitchen stage - at once both theatrical and intimate. It is fun sitting and watching the … [Read more...]

More Rumors Trickling Out About Corazon Replacement

I'm getting more rumors about the do-over for the old Pinot/Corazon space on SW 12th Ave. Per my previous post, the current plan is for Lardo to take over one section, and a new restaurant called Ración to take the other part. The split would give Lardo the smaller portion. Lardo, a "modern sandwich shop and beer … [Read more...]

Corazon: RIP

Just a week after Chris Israel dropped out of the Corazon Mexican restaurant collaboration, Portland Monthly is reporting that the restaurant has now closed for good. Anthony Cafiero, previously chef at Tabla, was brought in to simplify the menu for the third time, but just a few short days after the latest changes, … [Read more...]

Israel Out at Corazon

Chris Israel's Corazon Mexican restaurant collaboration with investment group ChefStable has been struggling since they opened the doors. I like the space, which is at SW 12th and Washington St., but from the opening the food was a bit expensive, not that great, the drinks were inconsistent, and the menu wasn't … [Read more...]

Lots of Old News and a Rare Mushroom Find!

There is a new chef at the Brasserie Montmartre. Chef Johnny Nudd will lead the kitchen beginning July 24th. From the press release - “Talented yet humble, and with experience in San Francisco, New York, and Europe, Chef Johnny is the kind of chef I like to collaborate with,” says Chureau, former chef-owner of … [Read more...]