The reborn version of Cafe Castagna has an opening date, and it’s in less than two weeks. OK Omens, the neo-bistro-style wine bar from the team behind fine dining destination Castagna, is set to open June 11, serving a whole new menu from James-Beard-nominated chef Justin Woodward and celebrated sommelier Brent Braun. Castagna owner Monique Siu announced its plans to close the restaurant’s casual counterpart in a Portland Monthly story, followed quickly by an Oregonian story revealing the new restaurant filling its space. OK Omens now has a Facebook and an Instagram, where it introduced OK Omens’ chef de cuisine, Michael Zeman. Zeman was last seen in the kitchen at Oakland butcher shop Clove & Hoof.
OK Omens is the penultimate addition to Portland’s sudden spurt of wine bars, started by the Pearl District’s Arden Wine Bar, which opened earlier this spring. Other recently opened spots include Gabriel Rucker’s Canard and Cathy Whims’ Enoteca Nostrana. Natural wine celebrity Dana Frank just announced her plans to open Bar Norman later this summer. Ok Omens will have a slew of casual dishes, including a burger and a caesar inspired by El Torito in Southern California, as well as a stunning collection of natural wines, rieslings, and aged wines.
• OK Omens [Facebook]
• OK Omens [Instagram]
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• After 17 Years, Portland Icon Café Castagna Will Close Mid-May [PoMo]
• OK Omens brings natural wine, progressive food to Cafe Castagna space [The O]
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