Corzetti, the casual Italian restaurant from chef Johnny Nunn, will close its doors this Sunday just over a year after opening them. Soon after, the space will reopen as Nunn’s newest concept: Daisy Cafe, a “love letter to Portland breakfast” that will be open daily for breakfast and lunch.
“It didn’t click the same way Verdigris did,” said Nunn of Corzetti, referencing his popular, rustic French restaurant. “We had a handful of regulars, and had an outpouring from people who were disappointed to hear we were closing, but not enough to really keep us going.”
Fans of Nunn’s cooking won’t have long to wait for the next project; after a few coats of buttery-yellow paint give the place a more casual brunch vibe, Daisy Cafe will open in mid-June. The concept is an ode to old-school Portland breakfast simplicity — two eggs any way with sides, a scramble menu, a Benedict menu, sandwiches with house-cured meats, and gluten-free and vegan options to satisfy Portland diets. Likewise, the bar will put out a casual menu of mimosas, bloody marys, a draught list, and a few craft cocktails.
Anyone wanting to make it to try Nunn’s Italian cooking one last time (or for the first time) will find half-price wine bottles through the weekend. Just down the street, Verdigris is open seven days a week with weekend brunch and nightly dinners, including a $33 three-course dinner all summer.