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Oregon Culinary Institute Co-Founder Announces South Waterfront Restaurant

Eric Stromquist to replace Muselet with full-service chicken rotisserie shop

The former Muselet
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Portland’s rotisserie chicken-splosion is headed to the South Waterfront neighborhood: Oregon Culinary Institute co-founder Eric Stromquist is opening City Rotisserie in the former Muselet venue, at 3730 SW Bond Ave. WWeek reports Stromquist is teaming up with chef-partner Beau Culpepper (Lincoln, Clarklewis), with Talai Punivai running the dining room and Carl Purdy overseeing the bar.

A full-service restaurant, City Rotisserie aims to open this November, and aside from quarter, half, and whole roasted birds seven days a week, it’ll serve some Southern dishes inspired by Culpepper’s North Carolina upbringing: fried chicken biscuits, wings, poutine, and spit-roasted pork, beef, and lamb. It’ll serve brunch on weekends.

Stromquist’s restaurant experience suggests the future could be bright for City Rotisserie: With more than 25 years in the local hospitality scene, Stromquist has waited tables at some of the city’s veritable institutions, like Jake’s Crawfish, McCormick’s Fish House, and Papa Haydn. He co-founded the Hotlips Pizza chain, and and along with co-founding the Oregon Culinary Institute in 2006, he brings years of teaching experience at Western Culinary Institute and the Small Business Development Center.