After 30 years of serving greasy spoon breakfasts, Leo's Non-Smoking Coffee Shop closed last month amidst talk that a more upscale diner would take its place. The rumors were true: Restaurateur Dayna McErlean (of Concordia's restaurant trio DOC, Nonna, and Yakuza) will take over the spot to open the Dime Store. The Oregonian reports McErlean and co-owner Jeremy Larter's concept will indeed provide a fancier diner experience inspired by old-school soda counters: Per the O, the menu offers the expected fare (burgers, shakes), plus "healthier options" and a counter devoted to take-out coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.
McErlean's empire has been steadily growing of late: In 2013, McErlean debuted a mixed-use space, the Colony, in St. Johns. Two months ago, her newest restaurant project, Nonna, opened next door to her celebrated spot DOC. The Dime Store's projected opening: early summer 2014. More as it becomes available.
· The Dime Store to Take Over Former Leo's Coffee Shop [OregonLive]
· All Previous Dayna McErlean Coverage [Eater PDX]
Photo of Leo's courtesy Emily C. via Yelp