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In July, locals once again opened more restaurants and cafes than they did any other business or service. For instance, the owner of an independent tea shop opened his third Portland location last month, as did the owner of a well-loved indie coffee shop. And, three cooking entrepreneurs jumped the cart scene and moved their shops indoors. But it wasn’t all food. Three designers also opened brick and mortars in July. A transplanted Nevadan opened a new nightclub, a longtime Portlander via Florida, who’s been cutting hair since the age of 10, opened his first studio, and a born-and-raised Portlander opened her first brick and mortar, a large, dynamic art gallery, in the Pearl District.
Jamison is located in the Pearl District.
Deep Field Gallery
Three years ago, Jennifer Porter, a born-and-raised Portlander, started Chroma, a consultancy group that advocated and found gallery space for some of Portland's more dynamic artists. Soon though, she says, it became clear that the best way to show off their work to other gallery owners was for Chroma to have its own gallery. Last month, Porter opened a 6,000-square-foot space known as Chroma's Deep Field Gallery in the Pearl District where gallery owners and the public can take in rotating monthly exhibitions spotlighting the works local, national and international video artists, sculptors and installation artists, as well as the works of visual artists and painters.
Deep Field Gallery, 1126 NW 13th Ave., 503.473.7226
After lots of planning and an extensive redesign, Davis Street Tavern's Christopher Handford and Blake Smith have opened their new lunch, dinner and weekend brunch spot in the old Fenouil space at the edge of Jamison Square. The new space comfortably seats 150, but that's only inside—another 100 can sit outside when it's warm. At present, the menus are comprised mainly of plates to share (oysters, charcuterie and charred octopus), though there are sandwiches, burgers and large plates too (like the 32-ounce ribeye). Jamison also boasts a rather large drink menu, including signature cocktails like the Squeezy Bee (bourbon, elderflower and cava) and the Portland Fizz (an egg flip made with port, lemon and rum).
Jamison, 900 NW 11th Ave., 503.972.3330
Andy Diaz, the man who brought Beaumont-Wilshire the Blackbird Wine Shop and Atomic Cheese, has teamed up with friend and entrepreneur Rodney Woodley to bring a similar concept to the former Cloud Seven Cafe at the edge of Jamison Square. Superjet is both a retail spot (dealing in hard-to-fine wines, cured meats, and artisan cheeses) and a European-style cafe where you can get salads, sandwiches (made on bread from Little T), and from-scratch daily soups, as well as glasses of wine, draft pints of locally brewed beer, and espresso drinks (featuring beans from Ristretto Roasters and Intelligentsia). Diaz says Superjet will remain open until 10 p.m. too, making it a nice spot for gathering on the patio with friends while splitting a bottle of wine and sharing charcuterie and cheese plates.
Superjet, 901 NE 10th Ave., 503.336.1335
Ruby Jewel Scoops is located in downtown, in the West End business district.
After opening two well-praised cafes in just two years, award-winning coffee barman Billy Wilson has opened a third Barista in the historic Hamilton Building downtown. As in the other shops, the people behind the counter in the new location whip up mean espresso drinks and offer regular cups of joe made using non-standard methods: You can have your coffee made with a French press, an AeroPress, or watch it slowly drip through mesh Able Kone filters into handblown glass Chemex coffee carafes. Should you feel peckish, Barista also provides fresh pastries and cookies, courtesy of the folks at Nuvrei Pâtisserie and Two Tarts Bakery.
Barista, 529 SW 3rd Ave.
One Creativity & Design
When Emmanuel Santana was 10 years old, he got a bad haircut. So, Santana started cutting his own hair, and within a year, he had persuaded his coterie of friends to let him practice on them too. And, he sweetened the deal by never charging them more than $2 a trim, which let his friends pocket the money their parents had given them for haircuts. Ever since then, he's been designing hair styles and executing them on a number of Portlanders. His new studio, his first independent venture, offers cuts, trims, stylings, colorings, and consultations, as well as complimentary cups of Foxfire Teas if there’s any wait.
One Creativity & Design, 1234 SW 18th Ave., 971.271.8609
Retail veterans Jason and Malia Sajko's downtown shop, an ode to Portland and all things of the northwest U.S., is filled with items are made by both Portlanders and regional designers. The Sajkos specialize in stocking fashionably functional items, such as hoodies, totes and T-shirts (like the Wieden+Kennedy-inspired "Will Lamb It" tee), as well as other small items like books, jewelry, lotions, and even a few edibles (like locally produced caramels, hazelnuts and jams). And because they're always looking for fresh ideas, the Sajkos are taking design submissions from local artists eager to create products that appeal to both Northwesterners and tourists, who may be hoping to take a little bit of Portland with them when they go back home.
Pacific Northfresh, 507 SW Broadway St., 971.279.4521
Ruby Jewel Scoops
Downtown, West End
It’s a rare thing to come across a scoop shop that sells cones filled with homemade soft-serve ice cream. But that's exactly what sisters Lisa Herlinger and Becky Burnett are offering at their new West End ice cream parlor. You can still expect the usual treats for which Ruby Jewel is already known (inventive ice cream flavors, toppings and sauces, and wildly popular ice cream sandwiches), but you can also look forward to sipping on Italian sodas prepared with housemade syrups. And if you wish, you can now, for the first time, take those candied toppings and sauces with you to decorate your own ice cream creations at home.
Ruby Jewel Scoops, 428 SW 12th Ave., 971.271.8895
It shouldn't be a surprise that Portland newcomer Jovan Andow's first business is a nightclub and lounge as he ran several in various Las Vegas casinos. But now, he says he and his wife, Annette, are more at home in the slower, less glitzy City of Roses. His nightclub may have a small menu, comprised of half a dozen pizzas and a few crafted shots (like the PDX Pancake: butterscotch, orange juice and Jameson Irish whisky), but that's not why you're going. You going for the DJs who spin records Thursday through Saturday nights and for the Wednesday night karaoke with Baby Ketten, a popular, traveling KJ team. Andow says he also plans to open shop on Saturday mornings and afternoons, offering drinks and pizza specials to passersby perusing the nearby Saturday Market.
The Rose, 111 SW Ash St., 971.544.7330
Alexa Stark is located in the King neighborhood. Photo: Chris Miller
Concordia, Alberta Street
Josh Johnston and Jim Hall, the locals who brought us Paddy's, North 45 and Circa 33, have recently opened a family-friendly, dinner-lunch-and-sometimes-brunch neighborhood pub in a space that once housed a power station, which has been long dormant. Frequenters of Johnston's and Hall's other spots will recognize many of their signature touches: a full, tall bar with a sliding ladder that leads to top-shelf liquors, an emphasis on shellfish, and plenty of year-long outdoor seating. "They took all the things that worked really well at the other spots and brought them over here," says manager Brooke Kennedy. But there are new menu options, including lunchtime chorizo melts, a Hawaiian-inspired Island burger, new signature cocktails, and a kids' menu.
Alberta Substation, 2703 NE Alberta St., 503.284.4491
Alexa Stark was born in New Jersey, grew up in New York City, and, in 2011, moved to Portland "on a whim." After a year spent selling clothes of her own design and retrofitting apparel for the King neighborhood's Factory boutique, Stark has now opened her very own brick and mortar specializing in original lines of men's and women's clothes made from new, organic, salvaged, recycled, and vintage materials. Her space, she says, is stocked with the works of more than a dozen apparel designers from Portland and the Big Apple, which makes her retail spot feel like a "gallery for fashion." Chief among the items available are three lines of "affordable, approachable and high-end" women's clothes designed by Stark herself.
Alexa Stark, 4956 NE 14th Ave., 971.266.3308
Grand Central Bakery
Bakery manager Jenna Rice says Grand Central's Beaumont-Wilshire patrons can expect much of the same they've come to expect from the bakery's other locations over the last 40 years, including familiar sandwiches and daily soup specials made with farm-fresh ingredients. What separates the new northeast location, the seventh in Portland, from the others is the environment. It comfortably seats 100 (50 inside and another 50 at picnic tables on the outdoor courtyard), and has an open, well-lit interior decorated with all kinds of artisanal touches, from the reclaimed madrone floors to the custom-made iron bread racks. And, as a tribute to the bakery's commitment to fine art and local partnerships, there is a wall of photographs portraying the farmers who harvest the fresh ingredients that make up what's on the menu.
Grand Central Bakery, 4440 NE Fremont St., 503.808.9877
Songbird is located in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.
Bastas Trattoria's Marco Frattaroli says the menu of his new space, Cibo (pronounced CHEE-bo—that’s Italian for food) is inspired by the cuisine of central Italy. The offerings include handmade pastas, starters, and sides like mixed salads, charcuterie plates, and salt cod fritters, as well as a half-dozen hand-tossed pizzas baked in a rotating, wood-fired oven, which ensures that each pie is evenly cooked. Frattaroli says his menu also includes dishes like salt-baked fish, hanger steak with Tuscan fries, homemade ice creams, local craft beers on draft, signature cocktails, and plenty of vino with which to pair your meal. The space is dark on Sundays.
Cibo, 3525 SE Division St., 503.719.5377
Rick Gencarelli spent his formative years back east, but it was Portland's amenities (mainly its food scene) that drew him west. After two years of running a wildly successful food cart, Gencarelli's moved his operations indoors with a new brick and mortar that serves up the same whole-hog sandwiches and dirty fries (French fries cut with pickled peppers and pork scraps) that made his food cart such a hit. Gencarelli's new space seats 72, most of which are outdoors, and also features 16 taps reserved for 13 rotating beers, two wines and a root beer.
Lardo, 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503.234.7786
To avoid any confusion, Max Tan commissioned the sign for his new spot, Nudi, to include the descriptor "Noodle Place." And that's exactly what you'll find inside, he says. This lunch-and-dinner restaurant features noodle items from all over the globe, including ramen, udon, pad Thai, and squid-ink pasta, as well as a full bar, spotlighting traditional Japanese and Korean cocktails, and a bottled beer selection, highlighting imported Asian beers and locally produced craft brews. The space, Tan says, seats about 40 inside, has seats for another 10 outside, and will be open every day of the week.
Nudi, 4310 SE Woodstock Blvd., 503.477.7425
Judy Sleavin says that naming her new eatery, which she owns with her husband, Peter Niland, was simple: The name Songbird was inspired by the collective singing of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood's many birds. The aim of the restaurant, Sleavin says, is to provide a neighborhood eatery featuring farm-to-table ingredients. That's why the kitchen staff sources ingredients from local farms, as well as vegetables from the neighborhood's community garden and herbs from its own on-site garden. The lunch, dinner and Saturday-Sunday-brunch spot seats 35 and features seasonal menus, Sleavin says, so expect new favorites to replace your old ones. And when it's warm, Sleavin and Niland open up their 15-seat patio where you can take in views of the city's iconic extinct volcano and listen to the birdsongs.
Songbird, 6839 SE Belmont St., 503.477.6735
With 25 years of service industry experience under his belt at town staples like McMenamins and Lompoc Brewing, Portlander Ken "Zig" Naffziger has opened the doors to his very own space: a tavern that features a dozen signature cocktails, 10 taps dedicated to rotating local and regional beers (including one for cider), and familiar pub fare that has been "elevated" in the kitchen. In other words, Naffziger says, his fish and chips are made with 9-ounce haddock fillets rather than small deep-fried cod strips, and his "spectacular" hamburgers are made with half-pound, hand-formed patties and come with melted blue cheese, bacon jam, and hand-cut French fries. On Sundays, Naffziger says, the tavern opens early and features, in addition to its all-day menu, a small sampling of brunch options, like fried chicken and buckwheat waffles.
Tabor Tavern, 5325 E Burnside St., 503.208.3544
Matt Thomas says you can expect the same treats at his newest tea shop that you've always enjoyed at his two other Portland shops, including more than 100 varieties of loose leaf tea, locally baked (and often gluten-free and vegan) pastries, plenty of draft kombucha options, and a collegiate campus atmosphere in which to unwind and relax. But, he says if you really want to indulge yourself, you'll ask for a housemade chai. The made-to-order chai may take a while to properly steep (about eight minutes), but its taste beats the quicker-to-make, pre-packaged blends, and the wait, Thomas says, is well worth it.
Townshend's Tea, 3531 SE Division St., 503.236.7772
Vanessa Lurie says she's always been a collector of fine, vintage things. That's why she says it was a logical step for her and her husband, Dan, to sell things from her always-growing, curated collection. In 2010, they opened Wanderlust, the city's first mobile vintage shop, inside an equally vintage trailer. Having outgrown the space, the Luries have now opened their first brick and mortar in Kerns, and, because the new shop is at least seven times as big as their mobile shop, you can expect to find a much larger collection of men's and women's jackets, sweaters, belts, hats, and slips, mostly dating from the 1950s and ’60s, as well as locally made prints and greeting cards. And despite the new digs, the Luries haven't retired the trailer. Expect to see it every so often at neighborhood fairs and festivals.
Wanderlust, 2804 SE Ankeny St., 206.898.4308