The Most Anticipated Portland Restaurants Opening This Spring

Spring 2017 is looking pretty promising for Portland diners, and the most noteworthy news might just be how many newcomers are headed toward the city—Alto Bajo, Can Font, Jackrabbit, and Schilling Cider House are all preparing to import into town how they do things in the kitchen and behind the bar. That said, there are plenty of homegrown talents opening new spots, too, including Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker and Roe’s Trent Pierce. Strap on your figurative bibs, Portland. Here are the restaurants that’ll be putting some pep in your spring step.

Alto Bajo

Location: 300 SW Stark St.
The Player: Former Moto (Chicago) chef Chip Barnes
The Situation: Barnes will soon be serving up Oaxacan specialties from the ground floor of the new Hi-Lo Hotel, and he’ll do so under some auspicious circumstances, as he’s developed the restaurant’s recipes under the guidance of Illilana de la Vega, the celebrated chef behind El Naranjo, which has outposts in Oaxaca and Austin, Texas.
Projected Opening: Any time now

Can Font

Location: 1075 NW Northrup St.
Players: Vladimir Zaharchook-Williams, Josep Vidal
The Situation: Chef Josep Vidal operates Can Font in Spain, a restaurant recommended by the Michelin guide that operates in the countryside near Barcelona. Can Font Portland will serve “traditional Catalan fine cuisine with locally sourced products in a modern Northwest atmosphere.”
Projected Opening: Any time now

Jackrabbit

Location: 545 SW Taylor St., inside Executive Tower of Hilton
Players: Chris Cosentino, Oliver Wharton
The Situation: Famous for his television performances, including winning Top Chef Masters, Chris Cosentino (San Francisco’s Cockscomb; Napa Valley’s Acacia House) will bring a restaurant with a raw bar and house-cured meats program, as well as some of his signature dishes, to Portland. And he’s bringing along Chris DiMinno (Clyde Common) to help him run the kitchen.
Projected Opening: March 14

PDX Food Hall

Location: 827 SW Second Ave.
Players: Andres Ochoa (Rogue Development), Sarah Littman (Hapa Ramen), and Andre Karam (Zaatar)
The Situation: At 3,000-square-foot, this 117-seat breakfast, lunch, and dinner food hall will be downtown Portland’s second, after Pine Street Market. So far Aiko Ramen (from the owners of Hapa Ramen), Boke Dokie, Cosa, Moberi, and The Whole Bowl are all on board to inaugurate the space, but there’s still a pair of spots that are still open.
Projected Opening: Spring, 2017

Roe

Location: Still TBD
Players: Trent Pierce, Patrick Schultz
The Situation: Roe, one of the city’s best seafood restaurants, hasn’t announced when—or where—it’ll reopen in a new location on the westside, but Pierce says it’s happening very, very soon.
Projected Opening: Late May or sometime in June

Pok Pok NW

Location: 1639 NW Marshall St.
The Player: Andy Ricker
The Situation: Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok is heading west by taking up residence in the old Bent Brick space. This will be Ricker’s first foray west of the Willamette River. Expect many of the same items that have made Pok Pok such a stalwart, with a few site-specific menu surprises thrown in for good measure.
Projected Opening: Possibly April

Schilling Cider House

Location: SE 10th Avenue at Belmont Street
Players: Mark Kornei, Colin Schilling, and Jennie Dorsey
The Situation: Led by fermenter Jennie Dorsey, Seattle’s Schilling Cider House has chosen Portland as its second location. Expect Schilling’s line of hard ciders—as well as 40 guest taps brewed by independent cideries—bottles of hard-to-find international ciders, a gluten-free kitchen, and a large outdoor patio anchored by a fire pit.
Projected Opening: Spring, 2017

Short Round

Location: 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Players: Ben Bui, Lauren Huynh
The Situation: From the owners of Fish Sauce comes a restaurant dedicated to Vietnamese street foods and drinking snacks.
Projected Opening: Mid-April

PDX Eater | March 2017
Chad Walsh & Mattie John Bamman

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