Bi-Rite, Napa Valley Distillery, and Portland's Kurt Huffman Coming to Dogpatch

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The future home of the large Dogpatch project. Photo from Google Streetview.

A big project is coming to Dogpatch next year, according to The Oregonian and Eater. The team behind the project is impressive: locals Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite, the group behind Napa Valley Distillery, energy financier Adam Mendelson, and a new name in San Francisco, Kurt Huffman, the Portland restaurateur who runs the ChefStable group. His restaurants include Ox, Block and Tackle, and Lardo in Portland, as well as the new Miller’s Guild in Seattle.

The new project is moving into a former boiler plant at 19th and 3rd streets, and will include a restaurant with 100 seats, as well as a catering operation, event space, and a distillery. There’s no name yet, but the restaurant should be more casual and the kitchen will likely feature a wood-fired grill, much like Huffman’s Ox and Miller’s Guild. Bi-Rite will head up the catering side of the operation, as well as running the parties and events, while Napa Valley Distillery will operate the small distillery. There will also be a bar (hopefully on the roof, eventually) and a private bar space for parties. Of course, there is still a lot of permitting and planning to work out, so this one could be awhile. For now, the timeline is for a May 2015 opening. 3rd and 19th Sts.