February 25, 2021


For Everyone Else

6 of Portland’s greatest places to eat are coming to Lake Oswego

Like most dining establishments, Northwest Portland’s St. Jack has invested the past 10 months pivoting from a single enterprise design to the subsequent, creating a new takeout menu from scratch, constructing a new patio out front, setting up coronavirus-zapping ionization filters and Plexiglass barricades indoors, changing when the condition shuts or reopens indoor and outside dining, and on and on.

This calendar year, Portland’s signature French restaurant has a possibility to start out from scratch, signing up for five other ChefStable eating places — Lardo, Grassa, Fills Donuts, Oven & Shaker and a suburban revival of the Tasty brand — with new spots in Lake Oswego’s impending Mercato Grove development just east of Interstate 5. All six firms get to construct this new restaurant intricate with the lessons discovered from the past 10 months, and at the same time appear to the long run.

“(ChefStable operator) Kurt (Huffman) and I have been chatting about carrying out something like this for a selection of yrs, since St. Jack is quite popular with men and women from Lake Oswego,” St. Jack chef-proprietor Aaron Barnett said. “We’ve been searching for places out there loosely, looking just about everywhere, such as downtown. Then this opportunity popped up. Now we’re creating out a restaurant in which we can design and style for this, in which partitions can be a aspect of our company product, to make it as COVID-proof as possible.”

Collectively, the new restaurant sophisticated counts as a major-time score for Lake Oswego, with St. Jack — arguably Portland’s most effective straightforwardly French restaurant — joined by the city’s signature sandwich store in Lardo, the informal scratch pastas at Grassa, a great wood-fired pizzeria in Oven & Shaker, a new Berliner-fashion doughnut store Fills and the initial new Delicious spot because previous Portland chef John Gorham offered the brand to ChefStable in July.

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

Just one of the most attractive pieces of the challenge for Huffman was the probability to bring with each other cooks he already knew labored very well jointly in just one position. An early stipulation: ChefStable companions would get the run of as substantially as 15,000-sq.-toes of cafe house at the sprawling new progress. The task, uncovered at the previous Providence Mercantile Village healthcare places of work, was obtained by Superior Avenue Residential, CenterCal Properties and its financial investment associate CBRE World wide Buyers in 2019. Later this 12 months, it will open with extra than 206 residences, nearly 50,000 square toes of retail room and just one 12-foot-tall duck sculpture created by Danish firm Monstrom.

“By remaining the only places to eat in this whole development, we have a opportunity to not only take care of the restaurant, but deal with the entire ecosystem,” mentioned ChefStable owner Kurt Huffman. “We’re going to be able to get around the full parking ton to do occasions like Aaron’s Beaujolais Nouveau menu, or Nick (Schuurman) at Lardo’s beer festivals.”

According to Huffman, an onsite community supervisor will aid manage potential routines including seasonal festivals, farmer’s market place stalls or outside chef dinners in an elevated house over Boones Ferry Road.

Here’s what Lake Oswegans can anticipate from their 6 new places to eat arrive spring:

St. Jack

“We’re now striving to determine out how intensive we want to get,” Barnett states of the second location of his Lyon-impressed cafe, tentatively titled Lac St. Jack. “I don’t know that I want to do so quite a few heads and ft, like we do down right here, but I really do not want to be shy, either.” The inside will be more plush than the authentic — “we’re looking at prettier chandeliers,” Barnett says — and lunch could be part of the opening supper services later on this yr.

Oven & Shaker

Opened as a collaboration among award-successful Nostrana chef Cathy Whims and observed bartender Ryan Magarian, this wooden-fired pizzeria and cocktail bar was a Pearl District desired destination ahead of the pandemic. Greatest of all, with a shared liquor license, shoppers can seize a cocktail from Oven & Shaker, carry it exterior and satisfy close friends grabbing meals from St. Jack in the 5,000-square-foot shared out of doors eating space. (A previously announced Oven & Shaker in Beaverton is no for a longer time in the operates.)


Rick Gencarelli, a hefty-hitting previous New England chef turned avid Portland bike rider, opened his pork-loving sandwich shop as a food items cart extra than a 10 years ago. Because then, it has emerged as Portland’s most celebrated sandwich shop, with signature things including the pork meatball banh mi, herb and Parmesan French fries, a good burger and arguably the very best craft beer listing of any Portland cafe.


Lardo’s informal sister cafe specializes in scratch-produced pastas, uncomplicated cocktails and superior wine. Lake Oswego will mark the rising chain’s fourth spot, with three now in the Rose City. “I really do not believe there is a ton of quick-relaxed in Lake Oswego with delightful hand-crafted pasta that does not compromise for adults or youngsters,” suggests Gencarelli, who cannot hold out for it to be protected to open his doors to clients for the very first time considering the fact that previous March. “Sandwiches can stand on their have, but Grassa is about seeing the pasta currently being produced, listening to the audio, seeing us adjust more than documents.”

Fills Donuts

What started off a spin-off of the brief-lived, sorely skipped Bakery at Bar King 3 months back is previously expanding, a testament to the get the job done of previous California baker Katherine Benvenuti and “Cooked with Cannabis” host Leather-based Storrs. Maintain an eye out for Benvenuti’s Boston product pie doughnut with vanilla pastry product and Valrhona chocolate glaze, the maple bacon bar improved with a one malt Scotch custard and smoked bacon, and the delicious breakfast sandwiches designed on sliced doughnuts by Storrs.


Once rated among Portland’s most in-demand from customers brunch destinations, the Delicious manufacturer will return beneath new management this spring. Two longtime workforce, Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler, strategy to revive the cafe with an help from Fills co-owner Benvenuti, who hopes to roll out residence breads, flaky biscuits, espresso cakes and extra at the restaurant’s first suburban location.

Mercato Grove and its 6 ChefStable eating places are anticipated to open this June at 4055 Mercantile Travel, at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Street

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell