The upcoming Raven & Rose — the gastropub slated for downtown's historic Ladd Carriage House — has drawn in another big-name talent. In addition to the previously announced appointment of David Padberg (Park Kitchen) as head chef, bartender-about-town Dave Shenaut (formerly of Beaker & Flask and Riffle NW) has been tapped to manage the bar program, which will be inspired by the historic nature of the building itself. "This building was built in the 1880s," Shenaut says. "At that time, Portland is starting to see curacao, abstinthe in cocktails. You've got a lot of Old Tom gin and whiskey-driven drinks, people are doing Mint Juleps still, and punches, fizzes, and toddies are really popular... We're going to have a truly historically correct menu of drinks that would have been served, in Portland, around that time."
The two-level restaurant will feature two separate bar spaces — the downstairs main dining room will highlight "light, bright, approachable cocktails that go well with food," Shenaut says. The open-roof upstairs space (which features a fireplace, pool table, leather sofas, and a handmade bar to match the time period) will offer a more cozy )but well-appointed) experience, where "cocktails will be more the focus and spirit" of the room. "It'll be the place you can have a snifter of cognac or a nice whiskey, or an Old Fashioned and Sazarac," Shenaut says, with a limited menu of drinking snacks and dessert. Current plans are for 10 beers on-tap (at both bars), and a wine list driven by the evolving food menu.
Raven & Rose's projected opening: early to mid December.
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