Like most restaurants, Northwest Portland’s St. Jack has expended the previous 10 months pivoting from a single enterprise design to the subsequent, building a new takeout menu from scratch, building a new patio out front, installing coronavirus-zapping ionization filters and Plexiglass barricades indoors, adjusting when the state shuts or reopens indoor and outdoor eating, and on and on.

This yr, Portland’s signature French restaurant has a prospect to start out from scratch, becoming a member of 5 other ChefStable dining places — Lardo, Grassa, Fills Donuts, Oven & Shaker and a suburban revival of the Delicious model — with new places in Lake Oswego’s approaching Mercato Grove enhancement just east of Interstate 5. All 6 firms get to construct this new restaurant intricate with the lessons learned from the earlier 10 months, and concurrently look to the long term.

“(ChefStable proprietor) Kurt (Huffman) and I have been conversing about undertaking a thing like this for a selection of many years, due to the fact St. Jack is pretty preferred with people from Lake Oswego,” St. Jack chef-owner Aaron Barnett said. “We’ve been searching for spots out there loosely, looking all over the place, like downtown. Then this opportunity popped up. Now we’re creating out a restaurant in which we can layout for this, the place partitions can be a part of our business product, to make it as COVID-evidence as possible.”

Collectively, the new cafe complex counts as a significant-time rating for Lake Oswego, with St. Jack — arguably Portland’s very best straightforwardly French restaurant — joined by the city’s signature sandwich store in Lardo, the everyday scratch pastas at Grassa, a good wood-fired pizzeria in Oven & Shaker, a new Berliner-model doughnut store Fills and the first new Tasty area given that former Portland chef John Gorham sold the manufacturer to ChefStable in July.

Duck a l’orange from Northwest Portland’s St. Jack. The cafe will open up a next location in Lake Oswego this June.LC- The Oregonian

1 of the most pleasing parts of the undertaking for Huffman was the prospect to bring jointly cooks he previously understood worked well alongside one another in one particular location. An early stipulation: ChefStable companions would get the operate of as a lot as 15,000-sq.-toes of cafe room at the sprawling new enhancement. The venture, identified at the previous Providence Mercantile Village medical offices, was acquired by Significant Street Residential, CenterCal Properties and its expenditure associate CBRE World Investors in 2019. Later on this calendar year, it will open up with additional than 206 flats, practically 50,000 square toes of retail room and a person 12-foot-tall duck sculpture intended by Danish company Monstrom.

“By remaining the only dining establishments in this entire improvement, we have a prospect to not only manage the cafe, but handle the total ecosystem,” explained ChefStable operator Kurt Huffman. “We’re heading to be capable to get about the whole parking large amount to do events like Aaron’s Beaujolais Nouveau menu, or Nick (Schuurman) at Lardo’s beer festivals.”

In accordance to Huffman, an onsite neighborhood manager will assist manage probable routines which include seasonal festivals, farmer’s market stalls or out of doors chef dinners in an elevated room above Boones Ferry Road.

Here’s what Lake Oswegans can count on from their 6 new dining places appear spring:

St. Jack

“We’re at this time seeking to figure out how intense we want to get,” Barnett states of the second locale of his Lyon-influenced restaurant, tentatively titled Lac St. Jack. “I don’t know that I want to do so several heads and ft, like we do down here, but I don’t want to be shy, possibly.” The inside will be additional plush than the unique — “we’re looking at prettier chandeliers,” Barnett claims — and lunch could be a part of the opening meal provider later on this 12 months.

Oven & Shaker

Opened as a collaboration among award-successful Nostrana chef Cathy Whims and mentioned bartender Ryan Magarian, this wood-fired pizzeria and cocktail bar was a Pearl District desired destination just before the pandemic. Greatest of all, with a shared liquor license, consumers can seize a cocktail from Oven & Shaker, carry it outside and meet up with buddies grabbing food stuff from St. Jack in the 5,000-sq.-foot shared out of doors dining space. (A previously announced Oven & Shaker in Beaverton is no more time in the performs.)


Rick Gencarelli, a major-hitting former New England chef turned avid Portland bicycle rider, opened his pork-loving sandwich shop as a meals cart much more than a 10 years in the past. Considering the fact that then, it has emerged as Portland’s most celebrated sandwich shop, with signature things which include the pork meatball banh mi, herb and Parmesan French fries, a good burger and arguably the greatest craft beer list of any Portland restaurant.


Lardo’s informal sister cafe specializes in scratch-produced pastas, very simple cocktails and good wine. Lake Oswego will mark the developing chain’s fourth spot, with a few previously in the Rose Town. “I really do not assume there’s a ton of rapid-casual in Lake Oswego with tasty hand-crafted pasta that doesn’t compromise for grownups or children,” states Gencarelli, who just cannot hold out for it to be safe and sound to open his doorways to clients for the 1st time considering the fact that past March. “Sandwiches can stand on their possess, but Grassa is about seeing the pasta being manufactured, listening to the new music, watching us change around information.”

Fills Donuts

What started a spin-off of the shorter-lived, sorely missed Bakery at Bar King a few months ago is by now expanding, a testomony to the work of previous California baker Katherine Benvenuti and “Cooked with Cannabis” host Leather Storrs. Maintain an eye out for Benvenuti’s Boston product pie doughnut with vanilla pastry product and Valrhona chocolate glaze, the maple bacon bar improved with a single malt Scotch custard and smoked bacon, and the tasty breakfast sandwiches created on sliced doughnuts by Storrs.


When rated amongst Portland’s most in-demand brunch destinations, the Tasty model will return under new management this spring. Two longtime workforce, Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler, approach to revive the cafe with an support from Fills co-owner Benvenuti, who hopes to roll out home breads, flaky biscuits, coffee cakes and more at the restaurant’s 1st suburban area.

Mercato Grove and its 6 ChefStable dining establishments are expected to open this June at 4055 Mercantile Push, at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell