Mystery solved: Jinx, the restaurant moving into the abandoned Cup & Saucer on Killingsworth, will be a playful, family-friendly bistro with a game room and full bar from Portland industry vets. Courtney Hulbert-Lords and Colin Hulbert, two Caro Amico alums, are opening the restaurant with Patty Earley, one of the original owners of the Florida Room.
The Hulbert siblings grew up in the old-school Portland restaurant world: The two are the children of Carolyn Newsom, who owned the SE Belmont classic (and supposedly haunted) restaurant Buttertoes. Jinx will have a similar spooky vibe, according to Hulbert-Lords, with vintage touches throughout the restaurant and upstairs game room — think jukeboxes and pinball machines. The restaurant will also have an aesthetic emphasis on luck, with four-leaf clovers and a bar top coated in Earley’s collection of lucky pennies.
The team is still working on its culinary program and nailing down a chef, but Hulbert-Lords says the restaurant will have a Southern bent, as well as weekend brunch service and shareable plates. She’s adamant the restaurant remains accessible to the neighborhood, with no dishes over $20. “We’re really passionate about making this a meeting place for the neighborhood — safe, comfortable,” she says. “We’re keeping everything really playful and accessible.” The restaurant will be kid-friendly during the day, which means parents can enjoy brunch in peace while tykes play Ms. Pacman upstairs. Stay tuned for more information on the menu, chef, and opening date.
• A Mysterious Neighborhood Bistro Will Hit Killingsworth’s Dining Hotspot [EPDX]
• All previous Caro Amico coverage [EPDX]
• The History of Buttertoes Restaurant [Portland Street Art Alliance]
• Haunted Places: The National Directory [Google Books]