Update: 8/16/16: The Solo Club's grand opening has been pushed back, owner Cana Flug tells Eater, so you'll have to wait even longer for the long-anticipated cafe and bar to open. Flug says The Solo Club is now slated to open on August 30, with lunch service beginning September 3.
Original Post, 7/29/16, about the previously announced grand opening date: It's official. The Solo Club, the long-awaited pastry, lunch, dinner, and cocktail lounge featuring a years-in-the-works dinner menu from Besaw's Executive Chef Dustin Clark, will open its doors on August 15, with a grand opening party lasting from 6 to 10 p.m.
Co-owner Cana Flug—who relocated and reopened Besaw's at the corner of NW 21st and Raleigh Street late last year—told us yesterday that Clark's menu is nearly dialed in, and will showcase the techniques he's picked up during his years of culinary traveling.
Menu items that have been green-lit include a curried goat stew with smoked potatoes and crispy shallots, and crispy fried pork with Manilla clams and fermented black beans.
Flug, who owns the club with Clark, says they've also brought on a third owner in recent weeks: Mark Bitterman, owner of the salt and sundries shop, The Meadow, and author of the books Salted, Salt Block Cooking, and Bitterman's Field Guide to Bitters and Amari.
Bitterman, Flug says, will "bring his depth and knowledge" to the bar's amari-and-bitters focus. Think of cocktails where the would-be dominate spirit, like añejo tequila, is mingled with the likes of Cynar 70, Bols Genever, and Bitter Truth bitters.
When the 60-seat Solo Club opens its doors in mid-August, it will be a full-service afternoon, dinner and late-night affair for the first two weeks, with daily hours lasting from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
However, Flug says she expects the club to expand its hours come late-August. When it does, Flug says guests can enjoy pastries, breakfast items, and lunch plates from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily (counter service only), with full-service afternoon, evening, and late-night dishes from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
And guests who can't wait that long don't have to: Portland Food Adventures is throwing an inaugural dinner there on August 2, at 6:30 p.m. There are still about a half-dozen tickets left, so don't sleep.
The Solo Club: 2110 NW Raleigh St., 971-254-9806; Hours: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. till the end of August, when daily hours will expand from to 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.