Canard Reopens for Dinner, While Le Pigeon Shifts into Tasting Menu Only
Gabriel Rucker and Andy Fortgang are bringing back their restaurants after a brief hiatus, but Le Pigeon and Canard won’t look the way they did in 2019. Canard, which reopened for outdoor dining on Wednesday, is sticking to dinner service only, giving up its all-day menu of brunch fare and late-night snacks. Those worried about the fate of Canard’s famous “duck stack,” a stack of pancakes in duck sausage gravy with a duck egg, will find it on the dinner menu, alongside some of Canard’s greatest hits: Foie gras dumplings, French onion in steam burgers, oeufs en mayonnaise. Le Pigeon, on the other hand, will only offer its tasting menu at two seatings, starting May 4. [Portland Monthly]
Lardo and Grassa Open in Lake Oswego for Takeout and Delivery
Sandwich giant Lardo and pasta spot Grassa have opened new locations in Lake Oswego... sort of. Both restaurants, within the new Mercato Grove development, are sticking to takeout and delivery for now, before opening for onsite dining in July. Lardo and Grassa, two restaurants within the restaurant group Chefstable, specifically appear on third-party delivery apps Caviar and DoorDash; Chefstable CEO Kurt Huffman says third-party app business is responsible for 90 percent of pandemic-era sales at places like Lardo, Grassa, XLB, and Oven & Shaker. “I can understand that some people are frustrated with (third-party apps), but in the pandemic, honestly they’ve been a lifeline for most restaurants,” he says. “I do think it’s worthwhile to point out that the City of Portland capped fees at 10 percent, and that’s been a lifesaver. Lake Oswego did not; people in Lake Oswego are paying 29 percent... I’m shocked that a place like Lake Oswego didn’t take the initiative to follow Portland and save these restaurants.” Mercato Grove is located at 4055 Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego. [EaterWire]
In Other News...
• Krispy Kreme isn’t the only one offering vaccine freebies and discounts; PoMo has a few more for you here. [PoMo]
• Bend Brewfest has canceled its 2021 festival, but will return in 2022. [NSB]
• Delicious Donuts and mutual aid kitchen Meals On Us teamed up to design a doughnut to raise money for the group’s work fighting food insecurity. The doughnut, filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread, topped with chocolate sauce, and topped with crunchy peanut butter crumble, is only available Friday and Saturday; 50 percent of its sales will go to Meals on Us. [EaterWire]