Industrial burger bar Tilt opened its new location on August 13, and the shop is now ready to roll with serious skate park vibes, drawing inspiration from the Burnside Skate Park next door. The restaurant’s stacked burgers have their own dedicated audience, but Tilt definitely draws some eyes for its design choices: Its NW Portland location is dark and moody, with black and grey stone touches and threads of white fluorescents. Still, the East Burnside location may be the biggest design feat yet, with its bar sitting squarely in a full pipe with cutouts fit for the skaters next door.
The space was designed by Tilt co-owner Octavian Jurj, who got some help from the Dreamland Skate Parks founder Mark Scott. The company has made several Oregon half-pipes and bowls, and the two worked up plans for the restaurant’s skate park bar, complete with tvs mounted within the concrete cylinder. “I wanted to come into the neighborhood and have an environment that’s a part of the community already here,” Jurj says. “We didn’t want it to be kitschy, but we wanted it to pay homage to the park.”
Beyond the built-in customer base of skaters, Jurj wants Tilt to feel like a space for the contemporary American worker, someone who maybe doesn’t go to a traditional office, looking for a spot to sit, eat, and open a laptop. Those practical details play into the space itself, with outlets under each table among the restaurant’s hidden alcoves and dining spaces. “It’s about accommodating the current workforce,” Jurj says.
Toward the front of the restaurant, sliding glass doors open onto NE 2nd, with several tables inside and outside the restaurant to up the open-air-restaurant feel. Guests can order burgers topped with chicharrones or thick-slab bacon to eat outside on warmer days, as a way to interact with the locals from the nearby East Burnside businesses or newer developments. “There’s a lot of gentrification here. It’s a fine line — we want to be a positive part of the neighborhood,” Jurj says. “That’s a big component of what our strategy is... What do we have to offer a neighborhood when we enter it?”
Tilt is operating off of a limited menu for the next few weeks, and will have its full menu, complete with its chicken sandwiches, within the next 1-2 weeks. For now, hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; hours will extend to a 7 a.m. opening within the next few weeks. Tilt is located at 22 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 100.
• Tilt [Official]
• Dreamland Skate Parks [Official]
• Tilt Is Opening a Skate-Park-Themed Burger Bar by the Burnside Bridge [EPDX]