It’s the Alberta Street Restaurant Gold Rush
Just a few of the new restaurants going in on Northeast Alberta Street:
“The Local Beet” is opening on NE 24th in the little “Quonset Hut” building. It was supposed to be a non-smoking bar, but has turned into a full-blown restaurant, owned by the same people from the Cup and Saucer.
And finally, Lolo, the NE 30th and Alberta corner space that is being built out by Giorgio’s. They are under construction now but I haven’t heard anything about menu, who the chef will be, etc. I do know Giorgio has pissed off a lot of locals with the way he evicted the 2 tenants and how unfriendly he’s been with some other neighborhood restaurants.
Naomi Pomeroy to Open “Beast” in NE Portland
It’s been confirmed, Naomi Pomeroy’s new French inspired bistro, Beast, is going to open on NE Killingsworth and 30th in a month or so. Concept is mix and match menu items to make a complete meal. The space next door to Yakuza restaurant, is painted in bright blue and red French colors from the outside. I haven’t heard if “Family Supper” will be part of it or not, however it looks like a cozy and intimate space that would be perfect.
Willkommen to Sausageland
Received my June issue of Gourmet Magazine in the mail, and Otto’s Sausage Kitchen located on SE Woodstock has a nice two page spread. If you haven’t been to Otto’s, it’s definitely worth the trek out to outer SE and has been rated by Epicurious.com as having one of the top ten hot dogs in the country. These guys really care about taking the time and use quality ingredients to make things properly, and usually have at least 25 different types of sausage available either grilled to eat there or as uncooked to go, including lesser known types hard to come by in Portland. It’s a fun place to check out.
Sketches of Spain in NW Portland?
We’ve heard rumors there are two more Spanish restaurants opening this summer. One spot I’ve been watching for months, is at the corner of NW 9th and Couch. The OLCC permit in the window reads “Mercado Ltd“? Mercado of course, being the Spanish word for market. Some people are saying it will be Italian, but I’m wondering.
L’Astra on Maternity Leave
As seen on the door at L’asta restaurant:
Closed due to childbirth
It’s one of those only in Portland moments. Congrats to the parents.
Bastante to Open in Fox Tower
There is a new Latin/South American/Southwestern/Asian Fusion bastard opening soon downtown: From an advertisement looking for employees, “Coming Soon!! Bastante in downtown portland – an exciting project in the fox tower featuring nuevo latino cuisine and a ceviche bar”. Hmm. Doubt it will make it.
New Latin Restaurant in the Pearl
Speaking of Latin, Isabel’s Cantina will be opening on NW 10th in the Pearl District. “Isabel Cruz is the owner of five restaurants along the West Coast, extending from Coffee Cup in La Jolla and Isabel’s Cantina and Seaside Cantina in San Diego, California, to Dragonfly in Ashland and Isabel in Portland, Oregon. Isabel, who grew up in Los Angeles, now lives in San Diego with her husband and two sons”. Hmm.
The Daily Cafe Expands
The popular Pearl District cafe has opened a branch in the South Waterfront near the Tram station, if you are down in that area it’s inside the new OHSU “wellness center”. A new Ben & Jerry’s is opening in the Pearl.