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The Old Gold Team Unveils Its New Bar, Tough Luck

Chef Lauren Miller combines Southern Kentucky and Korean flavors

The new bar from the team behind The Old Gold and Paydirt, Tough Luck quietly opened this weekend at 1771 NE Dekum to serve a whiskey-loaded menu, with a focus on old-fashioneds and boiler makers. And as the photos reveal above, Tough Luck has a classic Pacific Northwest watering-hole vibe, with a 22-foot shuffleboard and a bar made of river stone.

The just-unveiled food menu features an intriguing selection of Korea-by-Kentucky plates by Chef Lauren Miller (Imperial, Bar Avignon). Miller hails from Southern Kentucky, where she picked up her cooking skills from her grandmother, and it appears the result is a menu of thoughtful gut-bomb-style bar food.

Find snacks like fish sauce caramel popcorn and shrimp chips with pimento cheese, plus a fleet of banchan (small plates), like spicy dill green beans and Thai-chili lemongrass pineapple. Entrees include a Korean fried chicken bowl and a signature burger: double patties with pimento cheese, kimchi ketchup, pickles, soy cucumber, and shredded iceberg lettuce on a Pearl Bakery bun.

Tough Luck is now open Monday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, from noon to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, from noon to midnight. (Minors welcomed nightly till 8 p.m.)

Tough Luck Bar

1771 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 Visit Website