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L.A.-Based Spitz Is Bringing Its Doner Kebabs to Portland

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The mini chain takes over the former New American venue

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According to a tip sent over the Eater tipline and a recent liquor license, it appears Los Angeles-based mini-chain Spitz is on the way to taking over the former New American venue, at 2103 N Killingsworth St. Spitz is owned by Robert Wicklund and Bryce Rademan, and founded in 2006, it currently has seven locations—five in California, one in Salt Lake City, and another in Minneapolis.

Spitz is known for its craft beer programs and menu of Mediterranean street food, especially its doner kebabs. Another part of the Spitz modus operandi is a brilliant, graffiti-art aesthetic (just peruse Eater L.A.’s photos from the Studio City opening).

Portland already has a handful of fast-casual spots serving doner kebabs, especially among the food cart scene, with places like PDX Donerland. But has the doner kebab really had its day? There’s certainly room for more variety. Spitz’s version will be traditional for the most part: Seasoned, spit-roasted meat shaved off in thin slices and wrapped in flatbread with tomato, onion, lettuce, and sauce. And as everyone knows, it’s all about the sauce.

Spitz [PDX]

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