Eat Beat’s News to Chew

Top food news stories from around Portland, including a major kitchen shuffle at Corazón (Israel out, Cafiero in), opening dates for Ruby Jewel and Market, and a new a la carte option at Castagna.

By Allison Jones July 24, 2012

The dining room at Corazón.


SW Washington: Three weeks after his abrupt departure from Tabla, chef Anthony Cafiero has found a new culinary perch. The modernist-leaning Cafiero has landed in the kitchen at the still-in-transition Corazón, trying his hand at the restaurant’s newly-retooled menu (think pork belly and lamb barbacoa tacos, chilled garlic and almond soup, Spanish octopus salad, and nopale and Mexican mushroom quesadillas). Meanwhile, lauded chef Christopher Israel tells Eat Beat’s Karen Brooks that he is officially out of the kitchen. Israel stepped away in June, shortly after Eat Beat reported that Corazon was changing focus only one month after its anticipated opening. That plan didn’t work, either. What went wrong? Says Israel: "Even with a scaled back menu, I took it too personally, trying to honor my background. I didn’t want to be remembered as a taqueria. It’s hard to find good cooks; there’s a shortage of talent right now. Everyone thinks Mexican food is easy, but it’s not.” Now he’s back at Gruner and busy expanding the snacking options at his next-door bar, the design-savvy Kask. 1205 SW Washington St

SW 12th: Lisa Herlinger-Esco and Becky Burnett’s Ruby Jewel Scoops is slated to open this Saturday, July 28th. As previously reported, the shop will feature an old-school soda fountain with counter seating, house-made candy, and their famous ice cream sandwiches. We’ll be on the scene this weekend to grab photos and first bites from the new space. 428 SW 12th Avenue

SW Market: Market—the next ChefStable project highlighting the culinary creations of chef Troy Furuta in the former Carafe Bistro space—is set to open on Monday, July 30th. The 100-seat restaurant will feature "Continental cuisine" during nightly dinner and weekday lunch service. According to the sign-up site for the first week’s preview dinners, the menu will feature a constantly shifting market-inspired menu with dishes like pan-roasted salmon darne with Thai basil and bucatini with ground bacon and Balinese long peppercorn. 200 SW Market St


SE Hawthorne: In addition to their 10 course prix-fixe menu, Castagna is now offering a seasonal a la carte menu—think appetizers, seafood, meat and dessert with omnivore and vegetarian options—for a more relaxed and customizable experience. You can check out the first summer menu on the Castagna website. 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd


East Burnside: Pix Patisserie’s new location is set to open on August 11th. The space will feature plentiful outdoor seating, a sit-down patisserie stocked with Pix’s famous macarons and housemade chocolates, and Bar Vivant, a San Sebastián-style tapas bar open until 2 am (with 150 Champagne offerings, 27 sherries by the glass and bottle, dessert wines, beer and cider, and sustainably-made still wines from France, Spain and Oregon). Keep up with opening updates by following Pix and Bar Vivant on Twitter. 2225 E Burnside

NE Alberta: Circa 33 owners Josh Johnston and Jim Hall’s new pub Alberta Substation opened in the former Siam Society space on Monday, July 23rd. The historic building—built in 1931—was originally home to the Northwestern Electric Company Alberta Substation, inspiring the name and neighborhood feel of the new eatery. Hours going forward: Monday through Friday 3 pm to late, Saturday and Sunday at 10am for brunch. Minors allowed until 9:30 pm daily. 2703 NE Alberta


North Williams: Neapolitan wood-fired pizza eatery Oro Di Napoli will anchor the first floor of mixed-use apartment complex The Albert. According to UrbanWorks the menu will feature pizzas and "small plates", debuting this fall. 3600 N Williams Avenue

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