Alex Ganum, Ben Meyer, and Marcus Hoover (the threesome behind NE Portland's Grain & Gristle) are joining forces again to build a multi-unit, food-focused building in Northeast Portland — not unlike the successful Ocean complex.
According to Ganum (who's also the owner/brewmaster of Upright Brewing), the trio's in-building venture, Old Salt Marketplace, will feature a restaurant, butcher's counter, and bar — with former DOC chef Timothy Wastell spearheading the kitchen menu. (Also on-board, per liquor license paperwork: Pastaworks alum and butcher Tracey Satterfield.) "I can't divulge all the details quite yet as so much is still up in the air, but expect Old Salt Marketplace to fill the bulk of the space," Ganum says. With Wastell at the helm, the Old Salt restaurant and bar will be "similar to G&G but certainly not a copy," Ganum says, noting differences in Wastell's approach as well as the space's kitchen setup. "The look and general feel is what we'll be carrying over more than anything."
Though the building will not operate under one naming convention (like the Ocean), plans are to sublet additional spaces in the building — like one already confirmed to an as-yet-unnamed bakery — with passageways between each business to create "a feeling of unity throughout the building, at least visually," Ganum says. "There will definitely be a bakery in the building, and even more businesses down the road. In a couple months we'll have plenty more details. We're working hard to make it a great spot for the neighborhood and are really looking forward to getting it all rolling."
Demolition and construction is currently underway.
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[Photo, L-R: Ben Meyer, Marcus Hoover, and Alex Ganum; Avila, 12/1/11]