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Inspired French Coquine Readies July Debut

There's even a sneak preview coming up over the holiday weekend

A scene from one of many Coqine pop-up suppers
A scene from one of many Coqine pop-up suppers
Josh Chang/Coqine on Facebook

After a successful fundraising party, Coquine — the super-seasonal concept from Daniel Patterson Restaurant Group alum Katy Millard — has set July 16th as its opening date. Housed in the former Songbird space in Mt. Tabor, the versatile restaurant will serve Stumptown coffee, Francophile-approved pastries, and picnic-ready sandwiches during the day, and at night will offer suppers that put a modern spin on traditional French cuisine.

Millard, runs the restaurant with her husband Ksandek Podbielski, a former tasting room manager at Anne Amie Vineyard who she met when she moved to Portland from San Francisco. Together they started Coquine as a pop-up dinner series. The combination of beautifully composed dishes, un-fussy style, and thoughtful details — right down to the vintage silverware and eclectic playlists — made seats at the dinners hot commodities.

Now, the duo will set down solid roots with this new spot for an unpretentious breakfast, a happy hour cocktail, or anytime cheese plates, crispy duck wings, or grilled butterflied chicken in the quiet Mt. Tabor neighborhood.

If you'd like to preview Coquine, they'll be opening the restaurant's patio from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the July 4 holiday weekend. Housemade popsicles, bar snacks, salads and sandwiches from the new lunch menu will be available to-go. If you chose to stay, Stumptown cold brew, beer, wine and a couple cocktails will be sold for your sipping purposes. For hours and more, see the website.

—E. Brownfield