Chef Laura Rhoman plans to open a new Southern breakfast spot called Muscadine this fall at 1465 NE Prescott Street, just next door to Grain and Gristle and Pok Pok Noi.
Rhoman is a native Southerner and veteran of multiple prominent southern restaurants including Atlanta's Watershed on Peachtree and Canoe and Seattle's much-eulogized Crave bistro. She also worked at Slappy Cakes in Portland, but says she left in January because "wanted to get back to doing something serious."
And what could be more serious than Slappy Cakes? Well, Rhoman's plan is to take Muscadine's menu on a nomadic trek through the food indigenous to the American South, rotating among the cuisines of regions such as Appalachia, the Carolina lowlands and Acadia. She expects to sign the final paperwork this week, and plans to take over the lease on the space September 1.
However, this news would also mean the closure of Tiga, a deeply beloved if also obscure little bar and DJ spot often frequented (or DJed) by local indie-rock stars. Aaron Mesh's 2013 bar guide listing will have to serve as eulogy if Rhoman's plans go through:
At the crest of the Alameda Ridge sits Portlandâs indie-rock garden party, its semi-famous denizens undiminished by age, mortgages or the various infused gins theyâve ingested. There are, I suppose, cracks in the beautiful-loser faÃ§ade of Tiga, mostly the product of its tiny footprint. The DJ turntable is located one elbowâs length away from the bar, and sensitive nonsmokers will never be able to escape the sensation that Joe Camel is parked outside the open garage door. But no whining in Eden, please. As with so much of the new Portland, no one is ever going to notice that this is merely an extra-wide sidewalk, some ashtrays and some artfully scattered rocks: It is heaven because we are here.
Rhoman's Muscadine promises its own version of heaven, perhaps, though with much different hours. With a planned opening date of October 1, its anticipated opening hours are 8 am to 8 pm.