Bill King is about to make his dream come true. That's because sometime this summer, King will open Pinot American Brasserie at Southwest 12th Avenue and Washington Street, in the platinum LEED-certified Indigo Building in Portland's fashionable West End (right). A former executive chef and longtime leader of culinary development for McCormick & Schmick's, King has long wanted to open his own space, ever since he started his local cooking career in 1981 with a café and charcuterie shop (called Savoir Faire) at Yamhill Market Place.
According to a press release, PAB's menu will reflect traditional French brasserie fare — but the ingredients will be grown and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Entrées will be mostly under $25, with the majority between $15 and $20, and will include beef short ribs "Osso Buco Style," dijon-crusted wild king salmon and pancetta-apricot glazed pork chops. As for the space, like any classic brasserie, it will accented with silver finishes and textured concrete floors. There will also be a counter-service seafood bar, carving stations and (of course) a bar. Developing.