Spring 07 has ushered in more new eateries than Portland has seen in years, and the city must still be hungry because more are on the way. Mio Sushi
will open a Pearl location next door to Paragon on Irving Street later this summer, and Il Mercato
, a Mediterranean restaurant and lunch counter is setting up shop kitty corner to the Pearl Bakery on NW 9th and Couch. Another Mediterranean venue is said to be opening in the long-vacant building in front of the Elizabeth lofts on 10th Avenue.
Ben and Jerry's won't be the only new sweet shop in the Pearl as local Cool Moon Ice Cream
will soon front the Pearl's mom-and-kid hangout Jamison Square. On the Eastside, Pizzicato
will unveil a new location on 61st and Division in a formerly dead zone that's about to become a high-density residential corridor. No less than three condo projects are in the planning stages near Division and 50th Street. Plus, a certain high-profile Portland restaurateur is scoping out empty Pearl spaces for what would be an American-style restaurant.
Now who might that be?