A press release today details the future of the Equinox restaurant space, which closed on March 27th. Slate, a new restaurant will have a soft opening on
April 1st April 2nd. From the description, it is difficult to see what has changed other than the staff. Owners Tara George and Michele Stultz also owned Equinox, and Belly Timber, both now closed.
Slate’s front entry leads you through a beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard with seating for 50 people. Inside Slate, you’ll find dark woods, high ceilings with exposed beams and industrial fixtures with 50 seats.
At the helm of Slate is chef Kelly Weiss, who has been immersed in Portland’s diverse and burgeoning food scene for the past 20 years. Early on, Kelly worked with some of the city’s most celebrated chefs, Kevin Gibson (Davenport), Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions), and Nate Tildon (Clyde Common) and successful restauranteurs. He landed at the Farm Café where he was able to further refine his culinary style and develop close relationships with local farmers and producers to provide a vibrant menu with the best ingredients available. Kelly will continue this trajectory at Slate.
Kelly’s culinary team includes sous chef, Will Larin, formerly of Simpatica Catering and Dining Hall and Kellyn McLean, formerly of Laurelhurst Market.
Slate will embrace a wide spectrum of food cultures and flavors while maintaining a firm foot in local products. Patrons will enjoy a casual dining experience with refined food, service and a strong cocktail program that is accessible for everyday eating.
Dinner will be served 6 nights a week and brunch will be offered Friday through Sunday.
Slate’s cocktail program will feature pre-prohibition drinks that mingle with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Slate will offer a rotation of old world and local wines, and pacific northwest micro beers.
Slate is located at 830 N Shaver street in Portland.