Smallwares' Johanna Ware Plans Summer Lunch Spot, Lil Wares

The space will open in June, and go on at least through the summer.


Smallwares' Johanna Ware will open a second restaurant on Northeast Fremont Street this summer. Wether it stays open after that is an open question.Ware plans a casual lunchtime, event space and patio spot called Lil Wares in the old Red Fig space on 4537 NE Fremont St., starting at the end of May. It'll be just two doors down from Smallwares, the "inauthentic Asian restaurant" we named our restaurant ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

#BadBrunches Be Like

Basic brunches do selfies with berry basil muffins, not Smallwares.

Food Reviews & Stories
The brunchlash is here. A few years after the pecancake displaced the vodkatini at the center of young bougiehood, the haters have come out to do what haters do. In August, the world got a boo   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Smallwares: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, [INAUTHENTIC ASIAN] Johanna Ware's playfully weird takes on classic Asian fare aren't like anyone else's in town. Si   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

Fresh Meat: Smallwares Chef Johanna Ware

Ware is on the hunt for a Portland sandwich she won’t throw across the room.


Fresh meat
Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepare properly. This week Miller talks with Smallwares chef and owner Johanna Ware, who is originally from Chicago.  Sitting down with Johanna Ware in her Beaumont restaurant Smallwares ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 AMY MILLER

Restaurant Guide 2013: Smallwares

Restaurant Guide
4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, [BIGGIE SMALL] Johanna Ware runs the tightest kitchen in town. Seriously. Sit at the bar, order some small plates and watch her marshal traff   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Best Thing I Ate 2012

WW writers remember their favorite dishes from 2012.

Food Reviews & Stories
The Woodsman Tavern’s roasted trout in crazy water is crazy—like a fox. Chef Jason Barwikowski has created a trifecta of salty, savory and acidic that makes me want each bite more than the one   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Restaurant Guide 2012: Smallwares, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Restaurant Guide
Life on the food frontier can be rugged and lonely. Ask Johanna Ware. As a child in Chicago, Ware remembers the quizzical reaction to the “crazy lunches” packed by a mother “who cooked her w   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Guide 2012: Inside the Kitchen at Aviary and Smallwares


Food & Drink
WW's 2012 Restaurant Guide is out today—as always, it is a beautiful full-color magazine full of food porn and excellent advice. And it's free. You really should pick up a copy. But we also wanted to offer a little something extra for our readers on the information superhighway, so we sent multimedia journalist Emilee Booher down to our restaurant of the year, Aviary, and runner-up, Smallwares, to ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Barwares: Ware It Well

Bar Reviews
Barwares (4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, exists only because of an architectural fluke. Chef Johanna Ware’s Asian-leaning restaurant, Smallwares, needs a bar the same si   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Future Drinking: Nov. 14-17.

Yet another craft distillery, and Nostrana alum to open Asian restaurant and bar


Food & Drink
Yet another craft distillery is coming to town! Industrial Row Distillery has applied for a license at 645 N Tillamook St.Now here's a business name: Sweatpants Corporation, the business identity of Nostrana Sous Chef Johanna Ware, has applied to open Smallwares, an Asian restaurant and bar open until 2 am nightly, in the space at 4605 NE Fremont St. that last housed Doc George's Jazz Kitchen.Two realtors, ...   More
Friday, November 18, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE


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