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This Week In Portland Food News: Two New Cafes Arrive, Nacheaux Rebrands, and A Michelin-Starred Chef Plans a New Restaurant

April 8, 2022 Edition
April 8, 2022
The new coffee shop and wine bar Rachel & Rose is located within a converted double-decker bus. (Rachel & Rose)
Switch up your caffeination rotation with the recently opened coffee shops Rachel & Rose and SlowBomb Coffeehouse. Plus, look forward to a new tasting menu restaurant in Oregon wine country from a Michelin-starred chef, and read about events happening this weekend, like the Sixth Annual Baker's Dozen: Coffee Beer & Doughnuts. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Rachel & Rose Add to a List
Treat yourself to a cuppa at this novel new cafe housed within a converted English double-decker bus, which soft-opened in the Cart Blocks on April 1 and added coffee service with espresso from Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co. on Tuesday. The business operates as a coffee shop by day and a wine bar by night.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, dine-in

SlowBomb Coffeehouse Add to a List
The coffee shop SlowBomb Coffee, which currently has a drive-thru location in Southwest Portland, opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Beaverton last week.


Jacob & Sons Add to a List
This highly anticipated Jewish deli hopes to take over the location in the former KitchenCru Add to a List catering and commissary building and plans to open this summer. The upcoming spot will serve house-cured fish, rye bread, challah, bialys, rugelach, babka, black-and-white cookies, and more.
Pearl District

okta Add to a List
Oregon wine country is getting an exciting new dining destination: Acclaimed chef Matt Lightner, who formerly worked at Castagna Add to a List and as the executive chef at the Michelin-starred Atera in New York City, plans to open a new tasting menu restaurant at the forthcoming Tributary Hotel in McMinnville this summer.

Maeve Add to a List
According to a press release, this late-night coffee and wine bar plans to open in the Sellwood-Moreland area on April 14, followed by a grand opening party Add to a List from 4-8 pm on April 16. Guests at the opening will receive a free glass of sparkling wine to celebrate. The business will focus on organic and biodynamic wine and will serve crepes, Nossa Familia coffee, vegan pastries from Shoofly, soup and bread from Pizzeria Stellina Add to a List , and charcuterie boards from Cowbell.


Montesacro Add to a List
This Pearl District pinseria (a Roman-style pizzeria) announced recently that it is closing permanently due to its lease expiring and staffing issues. The business also has locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco, which will remain open.
Pearl District


Nacheaux plans to rebrand
The popular "Mexicajun" spot Nacheaux Add to a List will say goodbye to its current fusion menu on May 5 and will rebrand on May 6 as Nacheaux Burger, serving burgers, fries, tots, milkshakes, beignets, and house-made ice cream. Owner Anthony Brown wrote on Instagram, "We are repositioning ourselves to do something that we do really well with a smaller menu."

Bit House Collective gets new owners
Not an April Fools' joke: The self-proclaimed "Michelin-starred dive bar" Bit House Collective Add to a List announced via Instagram on April 1 that it is now under new ownership, writing, "We’re under new ownership and we need a few days to figure everything out behind the scenes. We’ll keep you posted on when we reopen." The bar was opened Add to a List by Deadshot Add to a List bartender Natasha Mesa, Magna Kusina Add to a List  chefs Carlo Lamagna, Dante Fernandez, and Roberto Almodovar, and local brewery Pono Brewing Add to a List in the historic Bit House Saloon Add to a List space in February 2021.
Oregon chef will compete on new show
Oregon chef Matt Kuerbis will be a contestant on an episode of TBS's new series A Rat in the Kitchen, which features chef Ludo Lefebvre and comedian Natasha Leggero, on April 14. The show puts a twist on the standard cooking competition show format by having chefs deal with a secret infiltrator who attempts to sabotage their cooking.

Laurelwood Brewing Co. buys brand back from Ninkasi
The Northeast Portland brewery Laurelwood Brewing, which sold its distribution and brand rights to the beer behemoth Ninkasi's parent company Legacy Breweries in 2019, has purchased back its rights and will return to focusing on its home market.


Sixth Annual Baker's Dozen: Coffee Beer & Doughnuts Add to a List
This annual festival, returning for the first time after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, pays tribute to Portland's sacred trifecta of coffee, beer, and doughnuts with a lineup of coffee beers brewed with beans from local roasters, unlimited coffee samples, and morsels of fried dough.
John's Marketplace, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm

Easter Candy & Wine Pairing Add to a List
If you've aged out of the Easter basket crowd but still want to satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy five wine pairings with traditional Easter candies, plus a seasonal sangria. Tastings are available for dine-in or as to-go kits.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Saturday-Sunday

Bake Sale for Ukraine Add to a List
Help support Ukraine by purchasing freshly baked goodies from AU Baby. 100% of proceeds will go to the organization A Chance In Life, which runs refugee camps in Italy for those fleeing Ukraine.
Tea Bar, Sunday, 1-4 pm

Bridge to Brews 2022 Add to a List
The spring race brings together two of Portland's most iconic symbols—bridges and beer. Walk or run an 8K/10K over four bridges, followed by a beer and cider tasting on the waterfront with live music, games, and more.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Sunday

Mahonia Pop-Up Add to a List
Arden chef Jorge Rico will serve a seasonal menu at this pop-up inspired by the flavors of Oregon.
Arden Wine Bar & Kitchen, Monday, 6 pm


Phuket Cafe Add to a List
The newly opened Thai spot is serving up a swoon-worthy new French toast dish with house-made brioche, kabocha purée, and Thai tea-coconut syrup.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Zuckercreme Add to a List
Eat your heart out, Easter Bunny: The seasonally themed cafe, bakery, and market has you covered for spring with a variety of treats, including hummingbird cookies, carrot cake, mochi, candy bars, kolaches, and more.
Pickup, dine-in

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