Portland Penny Diner has launched a new food and drink menu, with new late-night hours, that's more in line with the restaurant's original concept. And if you stop by during happy hour tonight (June 4) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. you can try it all for free.
When Vitaly Paley opened the sister restaurant to Imperial in the fall of 2012, he envisioned a casual spot that could satisfy the downtown office crowd's breakfast and lunch needs, but also pull in late-night revelers and hotel guests with cocktails and frybread sandwiches until 1 a.m. But somewhere along the way, the menu and hours were scaled back, and PPD usually wrapped up for the day well before dinner.
But not any longer. The corner spot has new red naugahyde banquets, additional tables, and it's now open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night eats every day but Sunday.
To drink, there's a brand-new linup of eight "Pennydraft" tap cocktails from Imperial's head bartender Tony Gurdian, plus plated shot pairings called "Short Orders," a rotating daily punch, and two wines and four beers on tap.
The food menu puts the emphasis on frybread tacos once again, filling them with house-smoked pastrami with Russian dressing; soy-braised pork belly with banh mi pickles; or oyster-studded Hangtown fry. The PPD plates include Imperial chef Doug Adams' famous fried chicken, plus burgers and blackened trout.
Portland Penny Diner: 410 SW Broadway, Portland, 503-228-7222. Hours: Monday - Thursday from 7am to 3pm; 4pm to 11 pm. Fridays 7am to 3pm and 4pm to midnight. Saturdays from 4pm to Midnight. Closed Sundays. Happy Hour: 4-6pm Monday-Saturday.