6 of Portland’s finest dining places are coming to Lake Oswego

Like most restaurants, Northwest Portland’s St. Jack has spent the earlier 10 months pivoting from 1 enterprise design to the subsequent, generating a new takeout menu from scratch, building a new patio out entrance, setting up coronavirus-zapping ionization filters and Plexiglass barricades indoors, altering when the condition shuts or reopens indoor and outside eating, and on and on.

This year, Portland’s signature French restaurant has a probability to begin from scratch, becoming a member of five other ChefStable eating places — Lardo, Grassa, Fills Donuts, Oven & Shaker and a suburban revival of the Delicious brand name — with new destinations in Lake Oswego’s upcoming Mercato Grove improvement just east of Interstate 5. All 6 firms get to create this new cafe sophisticated with the lessons uncovered from the earlier 10 months, and simultaneously look to the potential.

“(ChefStable proprietor) Kurt (Huffman) and I have been chatting about undertaking one thing like this for a selection of a long time, due to the fact St. Jack is rather well-liked with people today from Lake Oswego,” St. Jack chef-owner Aaron Barnett reported. “We’ve been looking for spots out there loosely, seeking in all places, including downtown. Then this option popped up. Now we’re making out a restaurant exactly where we can style for this, wherever partitions can be a section of our business product, to make it as COVID-proof as feasible.”

Collectively, the new restaurant intricate counts as a major-time score for Lake Oswego, with St. Jack — arguably Portland’s ideal straightforwardly French cafe — joined by the city’s signature sandwich store in Lardo, the casual scratch pastas at Grassa, a excellent wooden-fired pizzeria in Oven & Shaker, a new Berliner-design doughnut shop Fills and the 1st new Delicious site given that former Portland chef John Gorham offered the brand name to ChefStable in July.

Duck a l’orange from Northwest Portland’s St. Jack. The cafe will open up a second spot in Lake Oswego this June.LC- The Oregonian

One of the most attractive parts of the job for Huffman was the likelihood to provide together chefs he currently realized worked properly alongside one another in 1 location. An early stipulation: ChefStable companions would get the operate of as much as 15,000-square-ft of cafe space at the sprawling new development. The task, observed at the former Providence Mercantile Village healthcare offices, was purchased by Substantial Road Household, CenterCal Houses and its financial commitment companion CBRE Worldwide Investors in 2019. Afterwards this calendar year, it will open with much more than 206 apartments, approximately 50,000 square feet of retail place and one particular 12-foot-tall duck sculpture developed by Danish organization Monstrom.

“By becoming the only dining places in this whole enhancement, we have a likelihood to not only control the cafe, but take care of the full ecosystem,” reported ChefStable proprietor Kurt Huffman. “We’re going to be in a position to take more than the full parking great deal to do gatherings like Aaron’s Beaujolais Nouveau menu, or Nick (Schuurman) at Lardo’s beer festivals.”

According to Huffman, an onsite group manager will support organize probable things to do which includes seasonal festivals, farmer’s sector stalls or outside chef dinners in an elevated area higher than Boones Ferry Highway.

Here’s what Lake Oswegans can assume from their six new restaurants come spring:

St. Jack

“We’re now hoping to figure out how extreme we want to get,” Barnett says of the next spot of his Lyon-motivated restaurant, tentatively titled Lac St. Jack. “I really do not know that I want to do so many heads and toes, like we do down here, but I do not want to be shy, possibly.” The interior will be a lot more plush than the initial — “we’re seeking at prettier chandeliers,” Barnett suggests — and lunch could be a part of the opening supper assistance later this 12 months.

Oven & Shaker

Opened as a collaboration amongst award-successful Nostrana chef Cathy Whims and observed bartender Ryan Magarian, this wood-fired pizzeria and cocktail bar was a Pearl District vacation spot in advance of the pandemic. Very best of all, with a shared liquor license, buyers can grab a cocktail from Oven & Shaker, carry it outdoors and fulfill mates grabbing food stuff from St. Jack in the 5,000-sq.-foot shared outside eating region. (A earlier declared Oven & Shaker in Beaverton is no for a longer time in the functions.)


Rick Gencarelli, a large-hitting former New England chef turned avid Portland bike rider, opened his pork-loving sandwich shop as a foods cart additional than a ten years back. Since then, it has emerged as Portland’s most celebrated sandwich store, with signature things like the pork meatball banh mi, herb and Parmesan French fries, a excellent burger and arguably the greatest craft beer list of any Portland cafe.


Lardo’s informal sister restaurant specializes in scratch-manufactured pastas, simple cocktails and very good wine. Lake Oswego will mark the growing chain’s fourth site, with a few presently in the Rose City. “I never assume there’s a whole lot of fast-casual in Lake Oswego with tasty hand-crafted pasta that does not compromise for grown ups or youngsters,” claims Gencarelli, who just cannot wait for it to be protected to open his doorways to buyers for the to start with time considering the fact that last March. “Sandwiches can stand on their possess, but Grassa is about viewing the pasta getting made, listening to the tunes, looking at us modify above records.”

Fills Donuts

What began a spin-off of the small-lived, sorely missed Bakery at Bar King three months back is presently growing, a testomony to the get the job done of previous California baker Katherine Benvenuti and “Cooked with Cannabis” host Leather-based Storrs. Hold an eye out for Benvenuti’s Boston cream pie doughnut with vanilla pastry product and Valrhona chocolate glaze, the maple bacon bar enhanced with a single malt Scotch custard and smoked bacon, and the delicious breakfast sandwiches crafted on sliced doughnuts by Storrs.


At the time rated among the Portland’s most in-need brunch locations, the Tasty model will return under new management this spring. Two longtime workforce, Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler, program to revive the restaurant with an aid from Fills co-owner Benvenuti, who hopes to roll out residence breads, flaky biscuits, espresso cakes and more at the restaurant’s first suburban spot.

Mercato Grove and its six ChefStable restaurants are envisioned to open up this June at 4055 Mercantile Travel, at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Highway

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell

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