Oh, my—not content with owning Portland's best Thai joint, Pok Pok
, as well as the Whiskey Soda Lounge, Ping and
Foster Burger, fabulous food-pusher Andy Ricker just announced that he's opening Pok Pok Noi ("Little Pok Pok") in the space that last housed Podnah's Pit
(don't freak, Podnah's is moving to Northeast Killingsworth Street). The biggest question on our minds over here at WW
—when does Ricker sleep? Second biggest question: Does this mean we'll get take-out "noi"-sized fish sauce wings at the new joint?
Here's the scoop from the man himself:
I am happy to announce that we have just signed a lease for the space that Podnah's Pit now occupies on NE Prescott and 15th. Once our buddy Rodney and his crew get their new space on NE Killingsworth built and they move out of the Prescott space, Pok Pok Noi will take the place of Podnah's.
Image of Pok Pok papaya salad by Flickr user roboppy.
Pok Pok Noi (Little Pok Pok) will be a mostly take-out joint with some outdoor and counter seating. On offer will be the original shack menu plus a few of the other favorites from the full Pok Pok menu, such as Neua Naam Tok, Muu Paa Kham Waan and Sii Khrong Muu Yaang. (Doing the full menu in this space would be logistically close to impossible, so sorry-- only the greatest hits!) There will be a full liquor license which will allow us to sell bottled beer to go, and our house made drinking vinegars will be featured both for on-premise consumption and to go. We plan on being open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
Rodney thinks he will be moving sometime in November, and we hope to open before the new year. Having said that, construction schedules are notoriously unpredictable and neither we nor the landlord are going to try and push Podnah's out before they are ready to go (there must be brisket continuity!), so there is no official open date for Pok Pok Noi.