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Champagne, Oysters, and Fried Chicken Pop-Up Permanently Takes Over NW's Peddler and Pen

Headed by two accomplished chefs, Pelican's Waiting Room is coming to NW 23rd Avenue


Well that was fast. Just one month after the literary gastropub The Peddler and Pen vanished from 2327 NW Kearney, it appears a new restaurant dedicated to oysters, fried chicken, and champagne (including the Miller High Life variant), will take its place. That new restaurant? According to this liquor license application and the No Comply food group's Instagram feed, chefs Kyle Rourke (Red Star Tavern) and Thomas Dunklin (Red Star Tavern, Three Degrees) are turning their Pelican's Waiting Room pop-up into a brick and mortar.

In one Instagram post, Rourke and Dunklin write,

Well, with out further anticipation, we have found a home to hang our aprons! It's been a long time coming. We are excited to announce Pelican's Waiting Room will be coming to life in March. Stay tuned as the details finalize.

While Rourke and Dunklin haven't officially announced their vision, if things go as they have, Pelican's Waiting Room will serve a selection of local oysters on the half shell and whole and half fried chickens, along with a smattering of small plates using fresh Northwest ingredients.

There's also a chance Red Star Tavern bartender Brandon Lockmancelebrated for his ability to reinvent classic cocktails with fresh ingredients and premium spirits, will continue to make cocktails for Rourke and Dunklin, as he'd done at the Pelican's Waiting Room pop-up.

According to the liquor license, the restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating for 86, and it will operate morning, noon, and night, seven days a week. Eater has reached out to Rourke and Dunklin for more deep-fried and bubbly details.

The Peddler & Pen

2327 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210 (503) 477-4380 Visit Website

The Waiting Room

2327 Northwest Kearney Street, , OR 97210 (503) 477-4380 Visit Website