Only time will tell if the Pearl District's Pink Rose, popular for its brunches and late-night DJs, is able to reinvent itself, but its new owner, Herman Regusters, thinks it will.
After taking over the 40-seat space late last year and reassessing its business model, he says he decided on a few things: The food needed to be better; the drinks need to be more classic; and the vibe needed to be livelier. So he set out to do that. Here's what you can expect on your next visit:
- Locally sourced dinnertime eats like fried chicken and waffles, with red wine and mushroom gravy, and seared albacore, with avocado and radish escabeche, from chefs Cody MacDonald and Sarah Paget
- Kahlua cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake desserts courtesy of pastry chef Kimberly Palmer
- A new-and-improved drinks menu featuring old classic cocktails and new signature drinks, like the Scent of Spring "Marmo Cup," made with Campari, basil, lemon, strawberries, cucumber, and ginger beer
- Weekend brunches featuring sweet and savory beignets, bottomless mimosas, and live patio music when the weather's right
- Neo-soul-spinning DJs on Friday and Saturday nights
- Sunday and Tuesday night happy hours (9 p.m. to midnight) for industry vets (front-of-house and back-of-house), with discounts of 25 percent
The Pink Rose is the first eatery to be included in Regusters's Discoveries of Hope Foundation. Essentially, each dollar of profit from the restaurant will go to DOH. DOH will then redistribute those funds to other non-profits aiming to improve the lives of people diagnosed with autism and breast cancer, as well as their families.
Pink Rose: 1300 NW Lovejoy St., 503-482-2165; Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight every day but Monday, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.