May 28th, 2010 | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

FOOD & DRINK: Hot Produce Row Patio-Porn; Beer and Reopening Update too.

Produce Row Patio

Okay, maybe patio-porn isn't a real term (Dwell's sure to co-opt it soon). But the prospect of lazing around and drinking a cold pint on soon-to-be-reopened Produce Row's pretty, new quasi-covered patio—instead of its old, creaky, fern-adorned old patio—in the near future makes me very happy. I am a simple woman.

Details about the 36-year old Eastside Industrial suds institution, which closed for a much-deserved remodel over the past month or two, are starting to emerge. Produce Row will reopen Saturday, June 12. Double Mountain Brewery from Hood River, Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson, Wash. and Portland's own Laurelwood Brewery are joining forces to create a special ProRow-only draught to debut at the opening. Expect a tweaked menu of sandwiches and stuff like barbecue pork spareribs with dirty rice and bourbon baked beans (more below) and a continued emphasis on that whisky-beer pairing menu (think 5 bucks for a Miller High Life and a 7-year old W.L. Weller Reserve bourbon). And as for decor, ah hell, just read the goods from the bar's powers-that-be themselves:


Expect a cozy atmosphere...including antique velvet sofas and club chairs, low lights, as well as art and curiosities procured from around the globe. Local craftsmen were used for many of the building and design efforts. All the booths are made by Think Designs located just blocks away in the Central Eastside Design District. The bar and extensive woodwork are mahogany wood and custom built by Axiom Designs in St. Johns. Grounding the space is a 15 foot solid butcher block community table that rests on old machine legs and seats 16.

Considering that I was always too focused on the beer sampler in front of me at ProRow in the past to even notice there were tables, I'm going to assume this is an improvement.

[Update: Shit. Just googled "patio-porn." Remind me never, ever to do that again.]

Images: Sneak peek photos of Produce Row's new patio, built from a wood a mix of reclaimed wood from the old deck and new cedar siding, courtesy of Produce Row (204 SE Oak St., 232-8355).

Produce Row Patio 2
 
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