The Oregon College of Art & Craft's Hands On Cafe (recently the subject of a Dining Confidential column) has changed hands, and now features a familiar name in the kitchen: The Oregonian reports chef Leather Storrs has taken over the space to open NobleONI, a nod to his longtime E. Burnside restaurant Noble Rot.
According to OCAC's official website, the counter-service NobleONI offers a similar menu to the Hands On Cafe (breakfast pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches), with the addition of a few Noble Rot favorites (like its mac and cheese, meatloaf, and "other daily specials"). But the project also represents an ongoing chapter in the Storrs family history: Leather's father, noted architect John Storrs, designed the OCAC campus back in 1977. The younger Storrs tells the O: "We used to go there for brunch after church, and I can remember going up there." (NobleONI, it should be noted, plans to launch brunch service in the very near future.)
In the coming months, Storrs also plans to add a campus vegetable and herb garden, on-campus cooking classes, and an outdoor dining patio. NobleONI's hours of operation: 8a.m. to 2p.m., Monday through Friday; 9:30a.m. to 2p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
· New Restaurant Reunites Spirit of Architect Father, Chef Son [OregonLive]
· nobleONI Café at OCAC [Official site]
· All Previous Noble Rot Coverage [Eater PDX]
Photo of Noble Rot courtesy Effervescing Elephant via Flickr