Jacqueline tells Eater it will officially open Wednesday, August 24, at 2039 SE Clinton St., the former home of St. Jack. With an aquatic theme—even the restaurant's name is a reference to Life Aquatic starring Bill Murray—Jacqueline will focus on seafood. But despite the name, it won't only be done up in French cooking techniques (which is probably a good thing, considering how long Renard lasted in the same space).
As the below menu shows, Jacqueline draws influence from many places. It'll have oysters starting at $2 apiece and salmon belly crudo with miso and pickled sea beans, along with dishes like a bouillabaisse featuring Mt. Hood crayfish, mussels, smoked trout, clams, and ling cod. Chef-owners Derek Hanson and Brandi Lansill both bring years of experience working beneath big-name chefs and say vegetables will also be front and center.
Bartending vet Anthony Garcia (Shift Drinks) consulted on the wine list, featured below, and he focused on turning his close relationships with Oregon's small-production winemakers into a list full of wine-nerd gems. "Anthony did an awesome job," Hanson tells Eater. "A few of the highlights are the 1989 David Lett Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir, rare pinots from Garryana Winery, and the Champagne splits." These last were selected specifically with oysters in mind.
On the cocktail front, Brian Dufour, who has six years bartending at Secret Society under his belt, will offer eight to ten rotating classic cocktails. "He knows all the little stories behind the cocktails," says Hanson.
You can taste it all for yourself beginning August 24. Jacqueline will open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Down the road, it intends to expand to more days and launch brunch.