This press release popped up today –
–The Society Café & Lounge features local coffee, beer, cocktails and light fare,
plus a pop-up raw oyster bar every month –
Portland, Ore. – December 21, 2015 –When The Society Hotel opened its doors last month, Old Town/Chinatown gained more than a new, vintage boutique hotel with a hostel component – Portland’s first accommodations with this unique model. It also scored a new neighborhood café, The Society Café & Lounge.
Open to the public, The Society Café & Lounge is set in the 134-year-old building’s inviting lobby, where patrons can sit at tables that look out at NW 3rd Avenue, gather on cozy couches by a warming fireplace, or take advantage of its sidewalk seating.
Like the rest of the hotel, the café features furniture created from repurposed wood and other materials, gathered during the building’s extensive restoration, including wainscoting wrapping the bar, reclaimed wood framing the menu boards, granite coffee tables shaped from the building’s original foundation and beautiful exposed columns. Fifteen-foot high windows, original to the building, provide abundant natural lighting.
Jessie Burke, one of The Society Hotel’s four owners, created the café. Burke founded and continues to operate Posies Café & Bakery in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood. The café is managed by Aaron Gay, whose café résumé includes Posies Café, Ristretto Roasters and Coava Coffee Roasters.
“We wanted to create a true Portland experience with every sip and bite, and to let anyone experience our historic hotel,” said Burke. “We’re excited to offer a beautiful lounge experience in our bustling nightlife district that allows visitors to take refuge for a drink, or decide to stay with us overnight.”
The Society Café & Lounge drink menu is wide-ranging and locally-focused. Its hot drinks include coffee from Portland’s Ristretto Roasters and Upper Left Roasters. It also has robust, full bar, with a thoughtful selection of rotating local wine and beer offerings. Additionally, there is a cocktail menu by Merit Badge, with such fun, handcrafted drinks as Paper Tiger, with New Deal No. 33 Gin, and Old-Fashioned Society, with Bull Run Distilling Company’s Temperance Trader Bourbon.
The café also serves light fare, with a seasonal menu that is curated and prepared by Portland’s Chef Berk. It includes grilled sandwiches, soup and salads that feature locally-sourced ingredients. There are also baked goods, with pastries and breads from Posies Bakery, and Bowery Bagels.
Oyster Social Joins The Society Café & Lounge in January
Starting in January 2016, Oyster Social – the mobile raw bar by Foster’s Craft Cooking – will be setting up shop within The Society Café & Lounge on the first Thursday of every month, to coincide with First Thursday Art Walk. Art lovers are invited to stop in from 4 through 8 PM for a drink and oysters on a half shell.
The Society Café & Lounge plans to add more special events in 2016, such as coffee cuppings, wine tastings and acoustic music performances.