Here's the good news—the team behind Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope (brothers Mitch and Steve Rosenthal and Doug Washington) is opening a new restuarant. The bad news? The new restaurant, Irving Street Kitchen, is in Portland, Oregon. Like their restaurants here in San Francisco, Irving Street is housed within a historic building in the Pearl district, amidst many other repurposed warehouses—the construction photos above reveal a very familiar landscape. Not that there's anything wrong with that—the three restaurants they own now have been huge hits here in San Francisco, and we're betting they'll do just as well up North.
Anchor & Hope chef Sarah Schafer has already relocated to Portland to helm the new kitchen, and the restaurant is slated to open in early May. Says Doug Washington of the menu, "We're leaning American with a little Southern—a bit of Town Hall." He also told me that Portland is even more obsessed with sustainable, local, reclaimed and that they are going, "as far into it as we can go."
The 100 seat restaurant will also have a charcuterie island, the centerpiece of which will be a cherry-red Berkel slicer, serving both housemade and locally produced charcuterie. "It's been so much fun sourcing things from purveyors who are new to us," says Washington. "Portland reminds me of Brooklyn—it's a small city with huge things going on, food-wise, and we're excited to be a part of it."