The new owners of Produce Row Cafe have announced the reopening of the Portland restaurant. The pub at 204 SE Oak Street was the first restaurant opened by Mike and Brian McMenamin, and had served Portland since 1974. The brothers sold “The Row” to employees in 1978. In 2008 it was purchased and re-imagined by Alan Davis, who updated the facility and created a sophisticated whiskey program and a more upscale menu. Unfortunately, with the success of his Multnomah Whiskey Bar, he decided to focus his efforts on that restaurant and announced the closure of the popular pub in September 2014.
The building sat empty until April 2015, before being purchased by Josh Johnston and James Hall, owners of multiple businesses around Portland including Paddy’s Bar & Grill, the Cadillac Café, North 45 Pub, The Station, and Circa 33.
The Produce Row has been given a bit of a makeover, but mostly behind the scenes stuff. The restaurant has expanded the beer list to 24 taps, featuring some difficult to find brews, and is continuing the popular beer and whiskey pairings started by Alan Davis. You can see the beer list here.
The menu has stepped back a bit from its last incarnation, focusing more on pub foods like burgers, pastrami, wings, nachos, salads, and some larger dishes like a beer cheese mac , steak frites and a double-cut pork chop.
Produce Row Cafe is open daily 11am-late, Happy Hour 4pm-7pm. Minors Welcome until 9:30pm