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A Fancy S’mores Shop Is Opening Downtown

Chizu is closing, and 1927 S’mores is moving in

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Bespoke s’mores cart 1927 S’mores is opening its first permanent s’mores shop early this summer, serving a larger selection of its iconic, hand-roasted marshmallow s’mores. Portland Monthly first reported that 1927 will open downtown this July in the soon-to-close cheese bar Chizu.

For those unfamiliar, 1927 S’mores is a prolific s’mores pop-up with a cart at the Moda Center, a large catering presence, and s’mores boxes spotted in stores across Portland. The new location, a partnership with prolific restaurant group Chefstable, will give co-owners James and Elise Kelly a chance to work on some new recipes, like bacon-maple s’mores and rosé marshmallows. The duo will also offer hot chocolate with scorched, handmade marshmallows and parfaits, easier-to-eat versions of s’mores with crumbled graham crackers over chocolate and mallow.

According to James Kelly, the snug, counter-service space at 1126 SW Alder Street will sport a “rustic and woodsy, but refined vibe,” with an indoor tree and loft. The shop will serve stacked s’mores from noon to 10 p.m., the evening transitioning from more family-friendly vibes to more bar-going ones, including some ‘90s hip hop.

A portion of the shop’s proceeds will go to foster care services, likely Embrace Oregon, a group that recruits foster parents. The cause is close to the Kellys’ hearts, and they hope to staff former foster kids down the line.

“It’s the only city in the country where you can take an itty-bitty idea and grow it from scratch,” says James Kelly, referencing spots like Fried Egg, I’m in Love and Brunch Box, who made similar journeys that he and his wife are on. “I love this town.”