Photo of Mextiza courtesy Avila/EPDX
Oswaldo Bibiano's Mexican restaurant Mextiza will shutter at the end of July, and looks like the space will not remain part of the Bibiano restaurant family. Instead, chefs Aaron and Faith Dionne (both alums of downtown's Higgins) will take over the space to open New American, a family-style concept designed to "help folks set the table with complete and ready meals for dine-in and take-out," emails Faith, who is also the founder of artisan chocolate company Bees & Beans.
Portions will be available in "individual" or "large" (four-serving) meals, and WWeek's early look at the menu reveals a variety of bundle meals: rotisserie chicken with braised beans and rice; beef kababs with flatbread and veggies; and a daily special. Guests can also mix-and-match their ideal meal, choosing their main dish and complementing it with choice of sides, sauces, and salads (parmesan dumplings, sweet potato wedges, and a daily mashed veggie all make appearances). According to Dionne, the restaurant will also offer a batch cocktail program (with everything available by the glass or bottle) and a retail counter for Bees & Beans. New American is aiming for a September opening; more as it becomes available.
· New American Restaurant Planned for Mextiza Space [WW]
· All Previous Mextiza Coverage [Eater PDX]