Micah Camden, Katie Poppe and Matt Lynch are no strangers to build-outs. After all, these are the folks behind Boxer Ramen, Blue Star Donuts, the temporarily shuttered Son of a Biscuit, and, before selling it off earlier this year, Little Big Burger, so they're used to dropping on Portland a new restaurant (or two) every few months.
It's no surprise then that the third installment of Boxer Ramen—currently being built out in the Alphabet District's old Two Tarts space—should be open in a matter of weeks.
Lynch says construction is just getting underway, and adds that he, Camden, and Poppe are aiming to open the new noodle shop's doors during the first or second week of December.
Don't expect too many drastic changes to the menu. The 30-seat spot will still have the same four ramen bowls, three sides, and all the sake and beer you've come to expect.
However, he did say that the kitchen will be bringing back some old favorites—pickle plates and fried chicken—and that Camden may even tap into ideas gleaned and tested from his time spent in the kitchen at Yakuza Lounge.
Lynch also indicates that the decor will come close to matching the feel of downtown's West End Boxer space, but hinted that the new place will feature one decorative twist. He's cagey about saying exactly what that might entail, but adds that it will be evident the moment you open the restroom door.
Boxer Ramen: 2309 NW Kearney St.