Construction crews were working at Headwaters right up to last night's VIP preview dinner, but Eater Portland photographer Dina Avila was able to sneak in between the painters and waiters to get photos. As the gallery above shows, Headwaters is a grand restaurant with a design worthy of its historic place inside of The Heathman Hotel, a member of the National Historic Register. Headwaters has vaulted ceilings, a tiered dining room, a long open kitchen staffed by fast-moving chefs wearing crisp uniforms, and large windows looking out on the street.
The biggest change, for those familiar with the former Heathman Restaurant setup, is that the dividers between the bar and restaurant areas have been removed and the bar area elevated to create one open and fluid space. If the new airiness isn't inviting enough, lead bartender Brandy Feit (Pepe Lo Moko) tells Eater two on-tap craft cocktails will cost $5 during Headwaters' daily happy hour (another reminder that it's good to be a Portlander).
The final design details are wooden floors, moss green banquets, exposed concrete columns, and artworks inspired by Pacific Northwest streams by Michael Schlicting. Headwaters will be open for dinner this Friday through Sunday, October 14 through 16, and will add lunch hours beginning October 17.
Here's a rough draft of the opening day menu, supplied by the restaurant (note some items may change [also note some of the riské dish names, perhaps inspired by 50 Shades of Grey, the kinky novel with scenes set in The Heathman Hotel]):