After a looong wait, Tastebud Restaurant has confirmed with Eater that it will open its new wood-fired pizzeria and restaurant on October 21, and guess what, it's bringing surprises. Located at 7783 SW Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village, the 45-seat restaurant will feature the cooking talents of Jobie Bailey, formerly of DOC and most recently of Firehouse, and not the previously announced Jason Barwikowski, who was the opening chef at both Olympia Provisions Southeast and The Woodsman Tavern.
Exact menu details haven't been announced, but Tastebud confirms that it will serve "pizza and wood fire roasted entrees, sides, and desserts." It will have "a select bar and cocktail menu," including local beers on tap, and it's aiming to become a "family friendly gathering place." Heather Brazille, formerly of Toro Bravo and Paley's Place, will head the front of the house.
Mark Doxtader owns Tastebud, and he originally earned a reputation for his Tastebud stand at farmers markets, which served baked goods and Montreal-style bagels. At the time, Doxtader operated a small farm in Canby, Oregon.
Doxtader opened the first incarnation of Tastebud at 3220 SE Milwaukie Ave, and it closed January 2013. Most recently, he's operated a mobile wood-fired oven for catering and events.
Come October 21, Tastebud will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and it intends to expand its hours in 2016. Is that when the bagels will come back, too?