More Gotham Tavern and Ripe News
If you are interested in the saga of Naomi Pomeroy and Michael Hebb of Gotham Tavern and Ripe Restaurant Fame, the long awaited story in Portland Monthly on the Rise & Fall of Ripe, has finally hit the stands. Frequent contributor to PFD, Nancy Rommelmann wrote a lengthy piece, giving space to just about everyone involved with the story. Fascinating reading.
More news from Vancouver. Rumor has it that the Haydn Group is about to sign papers to take over
Bacchus. Marc Hosack will be departing from Hudsons to “spend more time with his children”.
The huge (7,000 square foot) Vesta restaurant in the old Fudruckers building at the evergreen restaurant is finally getting ready to open, with the date set as March 14th. It sounds like the folks behind it have assembled quite a wealth of knowledge both FOH and BOH. It will be interesting to see how it all works out.
New Stumptown Coffee in Ace Hotel
The new Stumptown Coffee has opened on SW Stark in the Ace Hotel Building (between 10th and 11th). They have obviously spent a good amount of money on this location, taking pains to blend modern equipment and touches with the feel of the old building. Overall, it’s a nice job, though there isn’t a whole lot of space to hang out. If you wander next door, they will give you a tour of the hotel. A great deal of effort being made to update everything, without changing the overall look and feel. Private bathrooms have been added to all the rooms, yet the original claw-foot tubs have been restored. Wi-fi is available throughout, a business center has been added, and they are offering very low rates for the next few weeks. It is worth going in and looking around, if you are into that sort of thing.
Lucier Upscale Portland Restaurant to Open?
Finally, there was a little piece at the bottom of the O’s Platter section that I thought was an early April fool’s joke when I first read it.
“We just learned that Lucier, a 7,600-square-foot, 100-seat waterfront restaurant, plans to open in November just south of RiverPlace in a stand-alone glass-and-steel building set among a new trio of condo towers called The Stand.
Owners Chris and Tyanne Dussin want to create a destination restaurant with views of the Willamette River and downtown. And they’re willing to spend $3.5 million to get it off the ground. Plans call for an indoor glass bridge, a canal-like water feature running around the interior and a 14-foot-high glass sculpture faceted like a diamond to separate the bar and dining room.”
Huh? Does anyone think Portland is ready for this? Does every diner really need 76 square feet of space? Does the president of The Old Spaghetti Factory have the chops to pull this off? If Pascal Chureau from Fenouil, splits his time as executive chef of both restaurants, what will happen to the quality at Fenouil? This is bound to be interesting.