Eat Beat's News to Chew
SW River: Portland restaurateur Frank Taylor will debut Quartet in the former Lucier space on Portland's South Waterfront on Valentines Day, February 14th, 2013. Plans are in the works for a redesign of the bar area, and, according to a press release, "softening of some of the interior architectural details" to create an "accessible, energetic ambiance." On the menu? Pacific Northwest cuisine with a Southern influence (though there's still no word on who will be heading the kitchen). The 214-seat, 7,657-square-foot restaurant will be open for happy hour at 3 pm daily, and dinner service (complete with live piano music) will begin at 5 pm, seven days a week. 1910 SW River Drive
N Mississippi: Lily and Jonathan Tollefsen's American tapas spot Radar Restaurant is now open on North Mississippi. The 36-seat eatery offers cocktails, local beer, house-made ice cream and sorbet, and small plates (made by Jonathan) like smoked bluefish pate, beef cheeks with orca beans, onion ring salad with ranch and tomatoes, country ham coquettes, and pork over cotija grits. Radar is open 4 pm to 10 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. 3951 N Mississippi Ave.
NW 14th: Verde Cocina's new Pearl District location Verde Cocina Perla is now open in the former Kin space off of NW Glisan. The fresh, farm-to-table Mexican restaurant garnered a loyal following at local farmers markets and a brick-and-mortar in Hillsdale. The Pearl District location offers a full bar, weekend brunch starting at 9 am, and Noé Garnica's gringas with molé, quesadillas, tofu "chicharrones," soups, and salads. 524 NW 14th Ave.
NE 24th: Mark Cockcroft and Aaron Silverman's Tails & Trotters pork-powered butcher shop is now open as part of the micro-restaurant row The Ocean off of NE Glisan. From holiday hams and housemade sausages to marinated ready-to-cook steaks and a "nose-to-tail" butcher counter, the Good Food Award-winning Tails & Trotters is the place to go for hazelnut-finished pork. Check out a recent Portland Monthly interview with the owners here. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. 525 NE 24th Ave
NE Alberta: Ignacio and Erin del Solar's Peruvian restaurant Del Inti closed this week after four years in business. More information available here. 2315 NE Alberta St
Bowls and Burritos: Local chain Laughing Planet Cafe has been sold. Founder Richard Satnick (who also owns and continues to operate two Dick's Kitchen locations) has transferred ownership of his ten Laughing Planet locations to a group overseen by Chief Executive Officer Franz Spielvogel.
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