The corner of NE Killingsworth and NE 16th Avenue is all fired up. Handsome Pizza, Will Fain's wood-fired venture that operated out of a North Portland garage up until December, has found a new home in the newly renovated One Stop building, which houses Tea Bar and Prospect Bottle Shop, and is just steps from Podnah's Pit and La Taq.
But he won't be alone. He's sharing the space with former Tabor Bread alums Annie Moss and Katia Bezerra-Clark, who will operate their new venture Seastar Bakery in the space. Handsome Pizza's Matt Kedzie, previously of Lovely's Fifty-Fifty and Roman Candle, is also part of the ownership team.
"It's two business operating under one roof," says Fain. "There will likely be some overlap of service during lunch hours, with Seastar opening for breakfast/lunch and Handsome opening for lunch/dinner."
Seastar plans to offer espresso drinks, pastries, and toast and sandwiches built on wood-oven baked breads made from grains milled in house. Handsome will offer its rotating lineup of farm-fresh pies, like The Sweet Chris Walas, made with mozzarella, sweet potato, kale, and salsa verde.
The group is working with Steve Cohan from Hot Rock Masonry to build their custom wood-fired oven, and they plan to open the doors to their hybrid pizza/bakery sometime this spring.
In the meantime Handsome Pizza is doing a series of Sunday night pizza pop-ups at Tabor Bread on Jan. 25th, Feb. 1, and Feb 8.
Handsome Pizza and Seastar Bakery (opening in Spring): 1603 NE Killingsworth, Portland.