Nate Tilden to open The Richmond bar on Division Street

The Clyde Common mastermind heads to Portland’s "Eat Street" with the Victory Bar and Free House crew.

By Benjamin Tepler June 27, 2013

Co-owners Nate Tilden and Marty Schwartz

Restaurateur Nate Tilden, whose Portland dominion includes the Olympic Provisions meat empire and international drinking destination Clyde Common, just inked a lease on 3203 SE Division St.

The place already has a name, The Richmond, after the surrounding neighborhood, and is slated to open in the former Matchbox Lounge space by late August/early September.

Here is what we know so far:

◊ The Richmond team includes chef Eric Moore from Free House on Northeast Fremont (one of Portland’s best neighborhood bars) and Victory Bar, a longtime industry hangout on Southeast Division. Olympic Provisions and Free House co-owner Martin Schwartz is also getting in on the action.

◊ Blueprints call for a 50-seat neighborhood bar with tufted banquettes, industrial edges, steel shelving, and custom tiling.

◊ Beer and cocktails will be poured by Clyde Common transplant Nick Gusikoff (with unofficial guidance from local bartending legend Jeffrey Morgenthaler). Expect cocktail craft from barrel aging to boozy sodas a la Clyde Common’s Bottled Sparkling Americano.

◊ Pub food with an “old-school English” twist. Like Free House, Moore’s menu will rely heavily on Olympic Provisions meat and include a solid burger while incorporating gastropub staples like braised brisket hand pies, prime rib roast beef sandwiches, and chutneys, from tomato to pear.

This is Tilden’s first move on Southeast Portland’s bourgeoning Division Street lineup, staking claim alongside restaurant giants Duane Sorenson and Andy Ricker. Knowing Tilden, it won’t be his last. Stay tuned for updates.

The Richmond
3203 SE Division St
Projected hours: 4pm-2am

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