Good news for west-siders: you’ll no longer have to cross the river to satisfy your cravings for Broder's Swedish meatballs, aebleskivers, and boards laden with cured fish, cheeses, and pickled veg. Broder Söder (Swedish for Broder "south") is slated to open August 4 in the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's Nordia House on S.W. Oleson Road.
The project is a partnership between Peter Bro of Broder and All-Way, and the newly constructed, 10,000-square-foot Nordia House. Designed by local design firm DiLoreto Architecture, the community center was built to celebrate the culture and traditions of Nordic nations. Even east-siders will find the trek out to this wooded haven in the outskirts of SW Portland worthwhile when coupled with one of the Foundation’s films, art shows, cooking classes, or concerts. "You don’t have to be of Nordic descent to appreciate the music of Grieg or Nielsen, or a great Scandinavian film," adds executive director, Greg Smith.
In addition to the brunch favorites Portlanders have come to love at its two sister restaurants, Broder Söder will serve fika, the Swedish tradition that’s equal parts afternoon snack and quality socializing time. To start, the counter-service, 35-seat café will serve breakfast and lunch indoors and on the patio (specific days and times TBD), and will eventually add a multi-course dinner on Fridays.
Broder Söder: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Check back with Broder for updated hours.