And now, the first press release confirming the upcoming opening of Quartet, the restaurant taking over the South Waterfront's high-profile Lucier space. Per the release, the project — by the Keeler Hospitality Restaurant Group, which also operates downtown's Portland Prime — will house 214 seats in the 7,657-square-foot dining room, with plans for a daily happy hour starting at 3p.m. and live piano music "most nights." As for the design:
Plans call for a redesign of the bar area, a baby grand piano, the replacement of the lobby entrance door, and softening of some of the interior architectural details. Most of the beautiful features of the original Lucier design will be retained, while creating a more accessible, energetic ambiance.
Longtime El Gaucho general manager Greg Gonzales has been tapped to head the dining room. Per the release, no executive chef is tied to the project yet, but the menu "will be contemporary, seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine with a Southern influence." Quartet is aiming for a February 14 opening; more as it becomes available.
· All Previous Quartet Coverage [Eater PDX]
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