HAMLET — The beautiful new bar from chef Cathy Whims, bartender Ryan Magarian, and Chefstable's Kurt Huffman opened on May 5, serving up ham in myriad forms, from plates to sandwiches, with a sherry-centric cocktail menu to match. Hamlet: 232 NW 12th Ave., 503.241.4009; Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays
SATELLITE DREAM PIZZA —Thirty-year-old American Dream pizza on NE Glisan finally spun off its second location, Satellite Dream Pizza, May 11 in Westmoreland. The 25-seat spot has a celestial theme, seven taps flowing with local beers and cider. Satellite Dream Pizza: 6116 SE Milwaukie, Portland; 503-548-4444. Hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
BUTTERCRAFT — This eight-seat wine bar and gourmet food shop opened in Sellwood in early May. And, like its name implies, it does, indeed, specialize in flavored compound butters that you can have slathered on its housemade sandwiches or take home by the ounce to to dress up your dinner. There are about 200 bottles of wine, 3 craft beers on tap, Farina Bakery macarons, cheese and charcuterie plates. Buttercraft: 6664 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-260-4628. Hours: Tues-Sat 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m.
KAHVEOLOGY — Kahveology started as a local microroaster and online retailer in 2014, but in early in May it opened a 22-seat cafe in Sellwood, in a former Marsee Baking outpost. Outfitted with reclaimed wood and a concrete slab bar, it offers espresso drinks and pour-overs, breakfast bagel sandwiches and pastries. Kahveology: 1625 SE Bybee Blvd., 503-232-0000
PRODUCE ROW — After an 8-month closure, Produce Row reopened May 11 with new owners and a more laid-back menu that harkens back to an older version of the Row. Sandwiches like the House Special and Rocky's Favorite are back, and the rest of the menu is stocked with American comfort food classics. There's a new cocktail list, and the 24 taps are dedicated to coveted craft beers in Oregon and beyond. Produce Row: Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Happy hour from 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
KUNG POW! — Henry Liu, chef-owner of the popular Shandong restaurant in NE Portland's Hollywood neighborhood, opened the doors to his hipper, spicier westside spin-off on May 11. The new dishes make liberal use of chile-spiked heat, including fish balls, lamb bao bing, and wontons in Szechuan chile oil. But he'll also offer favorites from his original NE spot, including hand-cut noodles and shandong beef. Kung Pow: 500 NW 21st Ave., 503-208-2173
FORTUNE — On May 14, the owners of Tube turned the former Big Trouble bar in Chinatown into their second DJ-focused lounge featuring a slightly more adult vibe. The bar program is curated by Tim Traylor and Mint/820 alum Jason Boyok, and features local spirits and fresh mixers from The Commissary. Of the eight signature cocktails (all in the $8 to $10 range) four are on tap. Food comes from Chefstable Catering. Fortune Bar: 329 NW Couch St., Portland
MARMO — This well-lit, 30-seat casual Italian joint opened in early May, giving downtowners a new place to grab well-crafted Italian-inspired lunch and dinner dishes including entrée salads, pasta salads, sandwiches served on Fleur de Lys breads, and a trio of sides and desserts, including bruschetta, gelato and cannoli. The menu was crafted with the help of former Bluehour chef, Thomas Boyce. Marmo Deli and Bar: 1037 SW Morrison St., Portland. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
MUSELET — Ron Acierto's wine-focused restaurant in the Ardea building quietly opened in early May. Chef Greg Zanotti, who has been serving as Justin Woodward's right-hand-man at Castagna for the past 18 months, focuses the menu on French-inspired seasonal dishes made with local ingredients, things like rilletes with wild violet mustard; spot prawns with hen of the woods mushrooms and douglas fir; and wagyu culotte steaks with mustard greens, pine cream, cauliflower and hazelnuts. Muselet: 3730 SW Bond Ave., Portland. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 4 p.m. until close.
RINGSIDE GRILL — The old RingSide East steakhouse got a makeover this spring and reopened on May 15 as the more casual RingSide Grill. It now has more windows and a larger bar and lounge. The menu is stocked with comfort food classics like burgers, flatbread pizzas, and frozen custards with customizable toppings. You can also pick up a whole rotisserie chicken with side dishes to go after 4 p.m. And the bar offers two cocktails on tap, plus craft beers, wines and ciders available to go in two sizes of growlers. RingSide Grill: 14021 NE Glisan Street, Portland, 503-255-0750.
SHIFT DRINKS — Sommelier Anthony Garcia and bartender Alise Moffatt, who met while working at Multnomah Whiskey Library, opened their buzzy new wine and cocktail bar on May 18. There's a "nerdy" wine list, craft cocktails, and refined snacks from Garcia's wife, chef Anne Garcia. And their off-premise liquor license means you can take bottles of wine to go until late in the night. Shift Drinks: 1200 SW Morrison St., Portland, 503-922-3933. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily.
RENATA — The much-anticipated wood-fired restaurant with an emphasis on Italian pastas and pizzas opened a year behind schedule in mid-May (although apparently the official opening date is June 1). Renata: 626 SE Main St., Portland; 503-954-2708.
RENARD — On May 23, co-owners Ed Thanhouser and chef Dulce Frommer (formerly of Accanto and Cocotte) opened their French-inspired neighborhood bar and cafe in the former St. Jack space on SE Clinton. Dig into dishes like avocado-chevre tartines, steak frites, and a smoked trout version of salade lyonnaise. Soon they plan to add a prix-fixe weekend brunch. Renard: 2039 SE Clinton, Portland, 503-719-7529. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (or until midnight Friday and Saturday).
HENRY HIGGINS BOILED BAGELS — Leah Orndoff, former general manager of the revered Kettleman's bagel chain, started Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels with two other Kettleman's alums two years ago. Now the growing wholesale bagelry has opened its first cafe and bagel shop at SE 64th Avenue and Foster Road. In addition to its 11 bagel flavors and cream cheese spreads, the 14-seat space offers breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. Henry Higgins Cafe: 6420 SE Foster Road, Portland. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.