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Flying Fish Co's Lyf Gildersleeve

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Portland’s two existing Pastaworks locations have their strengths: Northwest’s City Market is a true neighborhood gem, holding Chop charcuterie, Newman Seafood, and a stellar cheese counter. Southeast Hawthorne is a shopping destination with huge variety and excellent neighbors (Nodoguru and Powell’s Home and Garden). It looks like Pastawork’s newest location, Providore Fine Foods, will be all about the seafood.

Flying Fish Company, a hyper-local fish purveyor, will command the seafood and meat department at the new specialty grocer, with an oyster bar and sit-down dining. 

Flying Fish Company was launched in 2011 by Lyf Gildersleeve, an enterprising Colorado transplant who peddled his just-caught Oregon seafood from the back of a mobile truck on Southeast Division. After years in a wooden shack on Southeast 23rd and Hawthorne, he joins four purveyors inside the new Providore market at 2340 NE Sandy Boulevard. Flying fish will supply fresh seafood, meat, and wild game, with an adjoining six-seat oyster bar serving raw bivalves, hot smoked salmon, and rotating chowders. 

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Providore's future digs at 2340 NE Sandy Boulevard

The Providore space, a joint operation between Pastawork’s Kevin de Garmo and Kaie Wellman, Guerilla Development’s Kevin Cavenaugh, and Bruce Silverman, a former Whole Foods VP, is slated to open in October with a slew of vendors: Pastaworks (meat, cheese, and wine), Flying Fish, Emerald Petals (flowers), a top-tier baker, and a local farm for produce (both under wraps for now). The space will take advantage of the 1930’s-era building’s beautiful old brick and wooden beams, with big garage doors and soaring skylights. Wellman tells Eat Beat that the 4,600 square-foot market will have 20 seats for sampling pastries, coffee, wine, and sandwiches in addition to the oyster bar. In back, the team is building a 20-seat event space for dinners, wine-tastings and classes.

More information as it becomes available.

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