Wildfire Pizza to open at 3925 NE MLK.
Talk about a booming area! Toro Bravo, Terroir, Marco Shaw’s seafood place (opening date unknown), and now Wildfire Pizza. My question is, where are they going to get all the diners? No, scratch that; I should have said, Where are they getting all the money? None of these are exactly low-budget build-outs.
As I was sitting at Rocket this weekend, I couldn’t help but think about the overhead. Big space, new building, panoramic view, rooftop garden and menu items moderately priced, yet actually not all that much seating – especially on rainy days when the patio is closed. Don’t get me wrong, I like the interior and want them to succeed. I’m just wondering how they will make a profit.
Back to Wildfire. The restaurant is being opened by Kevin Hutchinson, former owner of Sellwood Public House, and features a wood burning oven, shipped over from Tuscany, that maintains a “1000 degree temp. He says his pizza is all 12”, in the New York pizziolo style, and the oven will cook a pizza in about 90 seconds. It is slated to have a large outdoor dining area. Opening set for June 8th.
Clyde Common, in the Ace Hotel building on Stark Street, is now open.
I haven’t seen the final menu, but the preview version looked quite interesting. I can’t believe how fast they went from studs to opening – someone was very motivated to get people in the doors.