Directors Park Opens, Coffee Soon!

Caffe Vita Espresso is on its way

By Eat Beat Team October 28, 2009

Directors Park

The central city’s first new urban square in decades was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony last night. The meat between of a lopsided sandwich comprised of the diminutive brick-clad Guild Theater and the uglier side of the 372-foot Fox Tower, Directors Park is the result of a months-long transformation of what used to be a surface parking lot into gazillion stories of underground parking capped by a tree-lined concrete promenade with outdoor seating and a cantilevered timber-and-steel awning to protect us from the winter rain.

So, what’s this have to do with food?

Later this fall Dwayne Beliakoff, ex-owner of the recently shuttered Roux, will debut a new cafe called Violetta. Word has it that it will be something of a European-style bistro with a serious coffee program thanks to Chad Freilino of Seattle’s Caffe Vita. The arrival of Violetta will hopefully address a pair of very important and lacking Portland needs. With the exception of Cacao at the Heathman and Andrea Spella’s eponymous about-to-be-unveiled cafe on 5th Avenue, the Central Business District is an espresso lover’s wasteland. Second, there exists no locale in the entire city where one can enjoy a good cappuccino at a cafe in a public space, a la Paris, Madrid, or Rome.

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