It's been a long time since cafes have been all-coffee affairs. At his new cafe, Locale, Erik Spellmeyer (formerly of Ninkasi Brewing) says that during the day, the world's most miraculous hot drink will still be his cafe's main bread and butter.
But come 5 o'clock, he expects that the cafe, which he's just opened with Dustin Wight (Heart Coffee Roasters), will attract some wine, beer, and vermouth aficionados, too.
The 16-seat spot serves Heart Coffee espresso drinks, pours five tap beers (all of which are Oregon-made save for Pilsner Urquell, Spellmeyer's favorite), and nearly 10 glasses of wine, and offers what he calls a "robust selection" of vermouths and aperitifs by the glass.
Heim bakery provides the cafe's pastries, granola, quiches, and other lighter noshes, while Tabor Bread bakes the loaves Spellmeyer and Wight will turn into daily toast offerings. The rest of the menu is made up of savory, more meal-worthy items. Think meat and cheese boards, salads, prosciutto-and-brie and sun-dried-tomato-caprese sandwiches, and a hummus platter, complete with dolmas, olives, and Tabor Bread bread.
Locale: 4330 N Mississippi Ave., 503.946.1614; Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day