After an elongated soft opening, the Kingsland Kitchen brick and mortar is now open six days a week at 319 SW Pine St., adjoining the Embassy Suites Portland. Kingsland Kitchen offers counter service and serves a full menu of British plates, building upon its success as a downtown food cart. See inside in the photo gallery below.
Owners Chris and Holli Payne tell Eater the 75-seat Kingsland Kitchen specializes in English breakfast and lunch, with a truncated evening menu. Saturdays bring brunch. The hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“I’m not into the whole dinner thing,” says Chris Payne, who leads the kitchen. “We do breakfast, lunch, and brunch because that’s what we do well. Also, I want a life.”
Payne is also a drummer, and he and Holli Payne first met at a concert in Los Angeles’s Viper Room. Today, they have a nine-year-old son and two dogs, and he says he’s amazed how quickly everything has come together.
“I haven’t even been in Portland for four years,” he says. “I landed here with no home and no job. It took me two years just to get my visa, and I’ve never looked back.”
Too true: The Payne’s sensational food cart only opened in 2015. Stay tuned for menu details coming soon.