A new place for beer and lumpia has opened in Portland’s Cully neighborhood. Biba Chamoru Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in the indigenous cuisine of Guam, has opened alongside a new beer hall on NE 42nd.
Earlier this week, the Oregonian broke the news that Oakshire Brewing, a Eugene-based brewery, had opened in the former Old Salt Marketplace. The paper also noted that Ed Sablan, the owner of the now-closed food cart PDX671, was handling the food, opening a conjoining restaurant specializing in Chamorro and Guamanian food. Early opening menus include fried things like lumpia — ground pork spring rolls — and shrimp patties, as well as corn soup and titiyas, a coconut-milk flatbread.
The beer hall primarily focuses on the various beers from Oakshire, which range from the innovative to the standard IPAs. Most of the taps will consist of Eugene beers, but eleven of the taps will include kombuchas, sodas, ciders, and more. Oakshire also plans to build out a food cart pod and outdoor bar in the parking lot.
For those in the know, Sablan is already a prominent name. His original cart made international news, from write-ups in Guam’s Pacific Daily News and Saveur to an appearance on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The cart closed in 2018, but Sablan continued to serve dishes from the Mariana Islands via pop-ups. Sablan has yet to respond to requests for comment regarding the restaurant’s full menu, which is still in development; this story will be updated with more food details as soon as possible.
• Biba Chamoru Kitchen [Official]
• Oakshire Brewing of Eugene opens NE Portland beer hall in former home of Old Salt [The O]
• Food of the People: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution [Saveur]
• The Hottest Portland Pop-Ups Right Now, Summer 2018 [EPDX]