According to Portland Monthly Mag, Christopher Israel of Grüner is partnering with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable, to take over the space last occupied by the predictably ill-fated Pinot Restaurant. Hearing the news, my heart sank a bit, as one of the problems with the old space is that it was just too large, but it turns out, the old restaurant will be divided into two parts, with half to Israel, and the other half to a “special dinner events, chef’s collaborations, and classes from Portland’s growing culinary entrepreneurs,” run by ChefStable.
As far as the Mexican restaurant, Israel wants to serve “great tacos, guacamole… the simple things people crave”. It seems like I read years ago, that Israel wanted to open a Mexican place, so he seems to be following his dream.
That’s a lot of tacos.