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The Ultimate Guide to Fall Restaurant Openings in Portland

19 tasty reasons to get excited for fall 2016

Just because the weather's cooling, that doesn't mean Portland's restaurant and bar openings are slowing down. This fall will see some of the city's top chefs launch collaboration concepts, its most popular supper clubs and food carts go brick and mortar, and its established restaurants and restaurateurs expand with second locations. Here are the restaurant and bar openings to get the most excited about in fall 2016.

Kim Jong Smokehouse

Pine Street Market. [Photo: Dina Avila/EPDX]

Location: 133 SW Pine St. (inside Pine Street Market
Players: Earl Ninsom, B.J. Smith, Han Ly Hwang
The Situation: As soon as Common Law closed, co-owner Earl Ninsom set to work designing a new restaurant to take its place. To do it, he brought in two heavy-hitting chefs, B.J. Smith (Smokehouse 21, Smokehouse Tavern) and Han Ly Hwang (Kim Jong Grillin'), and the result is Kim Jong Smokehouse. It'll serve Korean bibimbap with your choice of smoked meat (short rib, King oyster mushroom, Columbia river salmon), and a fried egg, as well as steamed buns with kimchi and smoked meats or mushrooms.
Projected Opening: Third week in September
All Previous Pine Street Market Coverage [EPDX]

Pizza Jerk

Location: 5028 NE 42nd Ave.
Players: Tommy Habetz
The Situation: Pizza Jerk's out of the box pizzas, like that pizza topped with dan dan sauce, won national acclaim within months of opening, but a severe fire closed the restaurant in June. Fear not, those pizzas are returning soon to the same location.
Projected Opening: By September 15
All Previous Pizza Jerk Coverage [EPDX]


Location: 1001 SW Broadway
Players: Vitaly Paley, Ken Norris
The Situation: The fourth restaurant from Vitaly Paley, one of Portland's most iconic chefs, will focus on seafood and open inside of The Heathman Hotel (in the space formerly home to The Heathman Restaurant).
Projected Opening: October
All Previous Headwaters Coverage [EPDX]


Location: 2131 SE 11th Ave.
Players: John Janulis, Nicholas Ford
The Situation: Associated will take over the venue formerly home to hip-hop pizzeria P.R.E.A.M., and it will feature the cooking talents of P.R.E.A.M. chef Nicholas Ford. Backing the project is John Janulis of Lighting Bar Collective, who says the new spot will have more of a neighborhood vibe, with a menu of pizzas, tacos, salads, and shared plates.
Projected Opening: Early-October
All Previous Associated Coverage [EPDX]

Pollo Norte 2.0

Location: 2935 N.E. Glisan St.
Players: Kelly Shelton, Wade Shelton, Ryan Gibson
The Situation: Pollo Norte has regularly sold out of its Mexican street food-style rotisserie chicken since arriving in Portland in 2014. The second location is a much anticipated expansion.
Projected Opening: October 1 (dependent on whether its Mexican ovens make it through customs smoothly)
All Previous Pollo Norte Coverage [EPDX]


Location: 2930 NE Killingsworth
Players: Dana Frank, Jane Smith, Eli Dahlin
The Situation: Wine connoiseur Dana Frank is opening a natural wine-fueled restaurant serving vegetable-forward dishes with Mediterranean and Eastern European accents in the former Cocotte restaurant venue.
Projected Opening: September 6 (tentative)
All Previous Dame Coverage [EPDX]

Danwei Canting

Chef Kyo Koo. [Photo: Facebook/Danwei Canting]

Location: 811 SE Stark
Players: Kyo Koo, James Kyle
The Situation: Former Bluehour executive chef Kyo Koo will helm a new Chinese restaurant. It'll serve the regional Chinese dishes co-owner James Kyle fell in love with while living in Beijing for more than a decade.
Projected Opening: Mid-November
All Previous Danwei Canting Coverage [EPDX]


Location: TBD
Players: Trent Pierce, Patrick Schultz
The Situation: Roe, one of the city's best seafood restaurants, hasn't announced when it'll reopen in a new location on the westside; however, the opening is so hotly anticipated we're including it on the off chance it does open fall 2016. In the meantime, you can dine in the current SE Division location until the new venue's construction is complete.
Projected Opening: TBD
All Previous Roe Coverage [EPDX]

Breakside Brewery's Northwest Brewpub

Location: NW 22nd and Raleigh
Players: Scott Lawrence, Ben Edmunds
The Situation: The heavily-awarded Breakside Brewery is known for its quality beer, brewpub grub, and friendly vibe, but it's all been tucked away up on NE Dekum and south on SE International Way. Now lucky Portlanders living in the Northwest neighborhood can prepare for Breakside's third location, a 5,000-square-foot brewery and pub.
Projected Opening: Halloween or early November
All Previous Breakside Brewery Coverage [EPDX]

Bar Casa Vale

Location: SE 9th and Pine Street
Players: Nate Tilden, Elias Cairo, Louis Martinez, Martin Schwartz
The Situation: When it opens inside of the same building as Biwa, Bar Casa Vale will have two bars and a smoking program that'll involve an eight-foot grill—and maybe even the largest sherry program on the West Coast. Experienced restaurateur Nate Tilden leads the project. 
Projected Opening: September 19
All Previous Bar Casa Vale Coverage [EPDX]


Chefs Ryan Fox and Ali Matteis. [Photo: Facebook/Nomad.PDX]

Location: 575 NE 24th St.
Players: Ryan Fox, Ali Matteis
The Situation: The boundary-pushing supper club has grown up, moving out of its temporary perch inside Shift Drinks, to serve many-coursed prix fixe meals inspired by adventures through the Pacific Northwest countryside in a brick and mortar. Prepare for extreme, but refined, foraging.
Projected Opening: TBD; maybe November
All Previous Nomad.PDX Coverage [EPDX]

Beer Belly

Location: 1205 SW Washington St.
Players: Rick Gencarelli, ChefStable 
The Situation: Lardo has always been a craft beer bar in disguise, and now owner Rick Gencarelli's appreciation for beer will result in a full-fledged beer bar. Beer Belly will open on the same West End block as Gencarelli's Grassa and Lardo.
Projected Opening: Last week of November/first week of December
All Previous Beer Belly Coverage [EPDX]

Q Restaurant

Location: SW 2nd Avenue and Taylor Street
Players: Annie Cuggino, Erin Hokland, Mazen Hariri, Katherine Hariri
The Situation: Q Restaurant is already being described as Veritable Quandary reborn. It'll open just blocks away and feature a menu by VQ executive chef Annie Cuggino and service led by VQ general manager Erin Hokland.
Projected Opening: November
All Previous Q Restaurant Coverage [EPDX]

Tiffin Asha

Tiffin Asha. [Photo: Facebook/Tiffin Asha]

Location: 1670 NE Killingworth St.
Players: Elizabeth Golay, Sheila Bommakanti 
The Situation: Indian food cart sensation Tiffin Asha will turn its warm, stuffed dosa wraps and other dishes prepared by chef Elizabeth Golay from co-owner Sheila Bommakanti's native Andhra Pradesh, in Southeast India, into a brick and mortar.
Projected Opening: November
All Previous Tiffin Asha Coverage [EPDX]

Ate-Oh-Ate 2.0

Location: SE 52nd Avenue and Woodstock
Players: Ben Dyer, Jason Owens, David Kreifels
The Situation: The original Ate-Oh-Ate, located on E Burnside, serves the Hawaiian plates and sandwiches from Ben Dyer's home state, and the second location will bring a slightly smaller menu of its greatest hits, along with beer and wine, to the Woodstock neighborhood.
Projected Opening: By the end of September (tentative)
All Previous Ate-Oh-Ate Coverage [EPDX]

Smokehouse Provisions

Location: 8058 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
Players: B.J. Smith
The Situation: Ok, it's not in Portland, but B.J. Smith's Smokehouse is perhaps the first major Portland restaurant to make the jump across the Columbia River to open in Vancouver. Smokehouse Provisions will serve Smith's smoked meats with an expanded selection of salads and entrees.
Projected Opening: September 23
All Previous Smokehouse Provisions Coverage [EPDX]

Cart Lab

Location: 1831 SW River Dr.
Players: Bo Kwon
The Situation: Opening on the southern tip of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Cart Lab will be a 7,000-square-foot bar with four food carts inside: Koi Fusion, PDX Sliders, FoMo Korean Fried Chicken, and Wasabi Sushi. It comes from the owner of Koi Fusion.
Projected Opening: TBD
All Previous Cart Lab Coverage [EPDX]

Stacked Sandwich Shop

Location: 1615 SE 3rd Ave
Players: Gabriel Pascuzzi
The Situation: The chef behind the fine-dining PN26 pop-up is opening a sandwich shop dedicated to refined versions of everyone's favorite sandwiches, from meatball subs to Italians. Good prices promised, too.
Projected Opening: Late-November or early-December
All Previous Stacked Coverage [EPDX]

Open Tandoor

Location: 4311 N. Williams Ave
Players: Kinder Gill, Navi Kang
The Situation: Prepare for the brick and mortar version of the downtown food cart Portland Masala. Chef Kinder Gill will prepare Indian dishes from her native Punjab, with the aid of 500-degree clay tandoori ovens.
Projected Opening: September 10
All Previous Open Tandoor Coverage [EPDX]

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