Screen Door, arguably one of Portland’s most famous Southern restaurants, crosses the river next year. The restaurant will open a new spot for chicken and waffles, praline bacon, and fried oyster sandwiches in the summer of 2020.
Screen Door has been on the national radar for years: The restaurant has been featured in the Washington Post, appeared in Portlandia, and continues to accrue serious lines for weekend brunch. Those lines are usually an amalgamation of tourists and locals, which made the restaurant an obvious choice for the incoming batch of restaurants at Portland International Airport, opening in 2021.
However, the restaurant won’t wait to expand until then: This year, the restaurant will open another location at 1139 NW Couch Street, between Powell’s and Whole Foods. According to a press release first covered by Willamette Week, owners Nicole and David Mouton will expand the menu at the new location, serving classics from the original restaurant as well as new dishes. Screen Door 2 will serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour daily, offering its chicken and waffles all day; at the Burnside location, that dish is only available during brunch. The addition of a west side location could also reduce the wait times: A restaurant on the westside would be more accessible to tourists, which could lighten the load at the Burnside locale — good news for Screen Door’s regulars.
• Screen Door [Official]
• Southeast Portland Brunch Staple Screen Door Is Opening a Second Location in the Pearl [Willamette Week]
• Previous Screen Door coverage [EPDX]