June 17, 2024


Simply The Best Food

6 of Portland’s ideal dining establishments are coming to Lake Oswego

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Like most restaurants, Northwest Portland’s St. Jack has spent the previous 10 months pivoting from 1 business enterprise model to the up coming, building a new takeout menu from scratch, making a new patio out front, installing coronavirus-zapping ionization filters and Plexiglass barricades indoors, changing when the condition shuts or reopens indoor and out of doors dining, and on and on.

This calendar year, Portland’s signature French restaurant has a probability to start out from scratch, joining five other ChefStable dining places — Lardo, Grassa, Fills Donuts, Oven & Shaker and a suburban revival of the Tasty brand — with new destinations in Lake Oswego’s impending Mercato Grove advancement just east of Interstate 5. All six organizations get to construct this new cafe complex with the lessons acquired from the past 10 months, and at the same time glance to the long term.

“(ChefStable proprietor) Kurt (Huffman) and I have been conversing about undertaking anything like this for a selection of many years, simply because St. Jack is really popular with people today from Lake Oswego,” St. Jack chef-owner Aaron Barnett said. “We’ve been searching for places out there loosely, hunting everywhere you go, together with downtown. Then this opportunity popped up. Now we’re constructing out a cafe wherever we can structure for this, the place partitions can be a portion of our organization product, to make it as COVID-proof as doable.”

Collectively, the new cafe elaborate counts as a large-time rating for Lake Oswego, with St. Jack — arguably Portland’s most effective straightforwardly French cafe — joined by the city’s signature sandwich store in Lardo, the everyday scratch pastas at Grassa, a wonderful wooden-fired pizzeria in Oven & Shaker, a new Berliner-design doughnut store Fills and the very first new Tasty area considering the fact that previous Portland chef John Gorham bought the model to ChefStable in July.

Duck a l’orange from Northwest Portland’s St. Jack. The cafe will open up a 2nd location in Lake Oswego this June.LC- The Oregonian

A person of the most interesting pieces of the undertaking for Huffman was the likelihood to bring alongside one another chefs he by now understood worked effectively with each other in a person area. An early stipulation: ChefStable associates would get the operate of as substantially as 15,000-sq.-toes of restaurant space at the sprawling new progress. The undertaking, observed at the former Providence Mercantile Village healthcare places of work, was purchased by Significant Avenue Residential, CenterCal Homes and its expense husband or wife CBRE Global Traders in 2019. Afterwards this year, it will open with more than 206 flats, practically 50,000 square ft of retail room and a single 12-foot-tall duck sculpture made by Danish business Monstrom.

“By remaining the only dining establishments in this whole improvement, we have a prospect to not only control the restaurant, but control the total ecosystem,” claimed ChefStable operator Kurt Huffman. “We’re going to be capable to consider about the complete parking great deal to do situations like Aaron’s Beaujolais Nouveau menu, or Nick (Schuurman) at Lardo’s beer festivals.”

In accordance to Huffman, an onsite local community supervisor will help manage potential activities including seasonal festivals, farmer’s industry stalls or out of doors chef dinners in an elevated space earlier mentioned Boones Ferry Highway.

Here’s what Lake Oswegans can count on from their six new dining places occur spring:

St. Jack

“We’re currently making an attempt to determine out how powerful we want to get,” Barnett says of the 2nd area of his Lyon-influenced restaurant, tentatively titled Lac St. Jack. “I really don’t know that I want to do so numerous heads and toes, like we do down listed here, but I really do not want to be shy, either.” The inside will be extra plush than the unique — “we’re hunting at prettier chandeliers,” Barnett states — and lunch could be a part of the opening dinner service later on this calendar year.

Oven & Shaker

Opened as a collaboration among award-profitable Nostrana chef Cathy Whims and noted bartender Ryan Magarian, this wooden-fired pizzeria and cocktail bar was a Pearl District location right before the pandemic. Best of all, with a shared liquor license, buyers can grab a cocktail from Oven & Shaker, have it outside the house and satisfy pals grabbing food items from St. Jack in the 5,000-square-foot shared out of doors eating place. (A beforehand announced Oven & Shaker in Beaverton is no for a longer period in the functions.)


Rick Gencarelli, a hefty-hitting former New England chef turned avid Portland bicycle rider, opened his pork-loving sandwich store as a meals cart additional than a ten years in the past. Given that then, it has emerged as Portland’s most celebrated sandwich shop, with signature goods together with the pork meatball banh mi, herb and Parmesan French fries, a great burger and arguably the most effective craft beer checklist of any Portland restaurant.


Lardo’s casual sister restaurant specializes in scratch-created pastas, uncomplicated cocktails and great wine. Lake Oswego will mark the expanding chain’s fourth location, with 3 by now in the Rose City. “I do not feel there is a lot of rapidly-everyday in Lake Oswego with scrumptious hand-crafted pasta that does not compromise for adults or youngsters,” says Gencarelli, who simply cannot wait for it to be protected to open his doorways to customers for the initially time due to the fact past March. “Sandwiches can stand on their possess, but Grassa is about seeing the pasta being produced, listening to the audio, observing us modify over documents.”

Fills Donuts

What commenced a spin-off of the small-lived, sorely skipped Bakery at Bar King 3 months back is now increasing, a testament to the work of previous California baker Katherine Benvenuti and “Cooked with Cannabis” host Leather Storrs. Preserve an eye out for Benvenuti’s Boston cream pie doughnut with vanilla pastry cream and Valrhona chocolate glaze, the maple bacon bar enhanced with a one malt Scotch custard and smoked bacon, and the tasty breakfast sandwiches crafted on sliced doughnuts by Storrs.


The moment ranked among the Portland’s most in-need brunch places, the Tasty model will return underneath new management this spring. Two longtime workforce, Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler, strategy to revive the restaurant with an support from Fills co-operator Benvenuti, who hopes to roll out residence breads, flaky biscuits, espresso cakes and far more at the restaurant’s 1st suburban locale.

Mercato Grove and its 6 ChefStable dining establishments are anticipated to open this June at 4055 Mercantile Generate, at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Street

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell

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