Right after Eater broke word of Short Round, a forthcoming Vietnamese drinking snacks spot in Southeast from the team behind Fish Sauce, The O brought news that a second Vietnamese drinking establishment is also planning to open in Southeast: Lantern cocktail lounge will take over the former venue of Oso Market & Bar, located at 726 SE Grand Avenue beside Kachka. Lantern is shooting for a November opening, according to both The O and the website.
Lantern’s projected food menu is already online, featuring such dishes as claypot pork belly, poached beet salad with dragon fruit, coconut milk, and mint, and jackfruit custard cups. The menu’s divided into small plates, shareable plates, sides, and sweets, and the cocktail menu is still under wraps.
The O also dropped these details on the team behind Lantern and the vibe. It writes that Lantern will have an “upbeat vibe and late-night hours” and “comes from Will Storey, a former bartender at Uptown Billiards, and Eric Mann, owner of Aji Tram in Lake Oswego.”
All this sounds very reminiscent of Revelry, the Korean drinking snacks lounge opened by Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi just six or so blocks away this August. This stretch of Southeast is certainly on the move.
When it opens, Lantern will operate Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. While it will stay open until midnight most nights, things rock on until 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
- Lantern, Short Round to add Vietnamese flavors to Southeast Portland [Oregonian]
- Lantern [Official Site]