Release the Hounds


Contact: Jeremy Adams
2nd Story: Small Plates & Spirits
2005 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Twitter: @2ndStoryPDX
Phone: (503) 209-6346
Hours: 4:30-11pm, Thursday-Sunday
Opened (soft): August 12th, 2011
Grand Opening: scheduled for late September. Date TBD.

Portland, OR - August 25, 2011

A new category of dining?
Introducing 2nd Story: Small Plates & Spirits--a delightful little bar room sprawl set atop Cellar Door Coffee Roasters in SE Portland. Here you will find a curated selection of spirits, wines, and beers to complement the authentic seasonal cuisine of our chef, Erin McBride. Think cocktalian gastropub with amazing desserts--to recoin a portmanteau...a gastropubtisserie? Perhaps not, but let me explain…

All about relationships...
2nd Story is literally the second chapter in a relationship that started on the farm at U.C. Santa Cruz in 2004. Erin McBride, Andrea Pastor, and Jeremy Adams spent more than 6 months living in tents, working, cooking, and eating together with 50 other apprentices in one of the longest running organic farming apprenticeships in the country. Andrea and Jeremy formed a family, moved to Portland, and eventually founded Cellar Door Coffee Roasters. Erin came up at the same time and spent the next 6 ½ years further honing her craft under Greg Higgins, and making her way to Pastry Chef. During this period Erin also had the good fortune of working with Jenn Louis at Lincoln and Culinary Artistry on several projects. It was only in the last year that the idea for 2nd Story in the space above Cellar Door was hatched and has now been realized.

Bar Manager Brandy Graves has served, managed, and bartended at such fine Portland establishments as Noble Rot, Higgins, Pok Pok, and Bar Avignon. Her breadth of experience with food and drink keeps the short, approachable wine and beer lists relevant to the season and Erin’s menu. Brandy has put together an exciting cocktail menu: riffs on the old standards like a Baird Orchards Peach Whiskey Sour, and summer quenchers like her Garden Lemonade with house-made elderflower liqueur, lemon, thyme, and cava. Brandy and Erin will continue to collaborate on infusions, preserves, elixirs, and potions to bring seasonal sparkle to the list.

And the food...
If you want to know what Erin McBride is cooking, hang out by the kitchen door. You'll meet berry pickers, purveyors of 100% grass-feed beef and sustainable seafood, and local organic herb and vegetable farmers. Or follow her to the Portland farmers' markets that she frequents--always on the lookout for what's fresh, ripe, and local. Dry beans, grains, and flours from Oregon and the greater Northwest also make the list and help round out the menu. It makes sense that Erin's first inclination is the local food web rather than a semi-truck full of national brands--both her Ohio family farm upbringing and her last position in town at the locavore Mecca of Higgins have kept her in the habit.

As for her dishes, think small plates that make a statement. Food vignettes that tell a story about seasonal ingredients as well as the techniques and tastes that Erin has developed throughout her culinary career. New York blends with New Orleans, Ohio farm with Oregon coast. Her watch words are "simplify", "let the ingredients speak for themselves", and when it comes to desserts, "not too sweet!" Erin’s own low gluten lifestyle is a muse that informs some menu items like the wheatless Buckwheat Crepe with fennel, beet greens, potato, chevre, and almond pesto.

Some other dishes on the menu this week:
- Jar of house made pickles (including zucchini bread & butters);
- Braised pork cheek sandwich on Little T’s baguette with peach chutney, greens, and mustard;
- Chilled chickpea soup with jewel-like formations of roasted peppers, Arbequina olive oil, toasted almonds and basil;
- Tuna Carpaccio with green beans, tomato, potato, Nicoise olives, hard-cooked egg, and lemon vinaigrette

And for dessert:
- Mascerated stone fruits & mascarpone with thyme-black pepper shortbread cookies;
- Caramel pudding with berries, spiced pecans, and whipped cream;
- Sundaes with house made vanilla or Cellar Door coffee ice cream, caramel or chocolate sauce, buttered almonds, and whipped cream.

How it feels...
At 2nd Story you'll find friendly, yet unobtrusive service. An experienced staff who find joy in sharing truly good food and drink with others. A set of intimate spaces with that 1909 character--think plentiful bay windows with a "balloon basket" view, an ornate wood bar, and original moldings. High bar, dining table, and banquette seating areas accommodate couples, singles, and groups in comfort. The casual sophistication of the space, and private speakeasy feel will make you want to linger over another cocktail. Pretense and attitude are banished…please linger on.

The location once again...
2nd Story is located at 2005 SE 11th Ave at the corner of SE Harrison Street, just between Hawthorne and Division and just upstairs from Cellar Door Coffee Roasters. If you’re standing inside Cellar Door, take the shortcut through the south wall and mount the stairs. Or if you know Ladd’s Addition, head west from the center and you can’t miss us. 2nd Story is open from 4:30 to 11, Thursday through Sunday. Monday through Wednesday 2nd Story is available to book for your company meeting or private event. You are most welcome to come up and see us sometime.