This just in via press release: The new bar from the acclaimed Biwa Restaurant team, Parasol will be soft open today, November 1. A Japanese-inspired café and cocktail bar, Parasol takes over the old Biwa spot, at 215 SE 9th Ave. (Biwa Izakaya is now serving in a new space down the hall). Co-owner Kina Voelz’s design firm, Constructive Form, did the build out, with a decor modeled after Japanese train stations and city life.
According to the release, “Parasol serves some of our favorite on-the-go working person dishes, like soba, udon, and curry rice in a cool after-work lounge space with a live soundtrack.” Voelz and fellow owner Gabe Rosen seem to be honing the vision for each of their restaurants —Biwa, Noraneko, and Parasol — and Parasol is shaping up as a take on a busy, Tokyo bar.
Parasol will be soft open today and tomorrow, and the bar will be used for a Portland Japanese Garden fundraiser — with Pip’s Original in-tow — on Thursday, November 3. It will throw open the doors for real on Friday, and moving forward, it’ll operate daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.