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Hotly Anticipated Willow Declares Opening Date

Headed by two experienced local chefs, Willow is accepting reservations now.

Chefs Doug Weiler (left) and John Pickett
Chefs Doug Weiler (left) and John Pickett

After more than two years in development, the chef's counter restaurant, Willow, will fling open the doors at 2005 SE 11th Ave., the former home of Fenrir, on March 1, and it will offer three-course prix fixe meals all March, before ramping up to six-course menus on April 1. Headed by chefs Doug Weiler (Glyph) and John Pickett (Biwa, Ración), Willow aims to create dyed-in-the-wool Cascadian cuisine, using familiar Pacific Northwest ingredients and "barrier-breaking" techniques. The restaurant is participating in Portland Dining Month, and so you can test out the three-course menu for just $29 all March long.

Working within the intimate space, Pickett and Weiler tell Eater they'll likely have around twelve seats available each night, and like Farm Spirit and Pok Pok, they will accept reservations through Tock, the Thomas Keller-approved reservation system. You can make yours here.

Along with set menus, Willow will serve wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. With Willow, Pickett says he wants to maintain the "tradition of creative food and a warm atmosphere" that the restaurant space is known for. "It is a terrific area and we really cannot wait to become a part of the neighborhood."


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