Another food cart's going brick-and-mortar. The proprietors of downtown flatbread truck Eat This! will soon debut the Huckleberry Pub on NW 23rd, taking over the space that's been home to the NW Public House for the last 15 months. (The Pub House had taken over the Craftsman-style home from the Laurelwood Public House in June 2011, and officially shuttered yesterday.)
According to co-owner James Drinkward (an alum of Pearl District Italian spot Fratelli), the brick-and-mortar will move away from Eat This!'s flatbread sandwich theme in favor of a menu featuring Northwest soul food, though "the style of food will remain much the same," he says. "It will focus on elevating familiar American classic dishes to feature local produce, meats, and products and add a bit of a gourmet twist...The idea is to keep consistent with familiar flavor combinations but add a creative local twist." (Example: a riff on pork chops and applesauce that features pork tenderloin, brandied local apples, and peaches.) A minor remodel of the space will feature two dining areas: the full-service dining room, and a more casual upstairs bar with a small-plates menu (and yes, the TVs will remain). The Eat This! cart, meanwhile, has permanently closed.
Per Drinkward, the Huckleberry Pub plans to serve lunch and dinner upon its opening, currently projected for February 2013.