Masu Sushi's Maria Rosengreen and Jeff Berback are currently raising a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, so, as industry veterans and parents, they know how hard it is to find a restaurant that gracefully welcomes people like them and their young children.
That's why they decided to open Oak and Olive, a brightly-lit 76-seat restaurant that caters everyone no matter what their age may be. (Naturally, the restaurant has a spare kids menu, but it also offers online ordering for parents—and breeders—who simply don't have the time to dine out, as well as a welcome distraction in the form of a chalkboard, strategically placed where parents need it most: the waiting area.)
Rosengreen says longtime Southpark kitchen vet Cody Lucchesi is running the back of the house, where he and his team make scratch-make everything daily, including the bread.
Lucchesi's menu includes panzanella salads, muffulettas and meatball sandwiches, a half-dozen pizzas, a half-dozen handmade pastas, entrées like pork tenderloin, roasted trout or lamb osso bucco, and lemon sorbetto and gelato for dessert.
And if like something enough that you want to take some home, Oak & Olive also has a small deli case that houses many of the soups, salads and sandwiches offered on the menu.
Oak & Olive: 6369 SW Capitol Hwy., (503) 246-4098; Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily