Cult Tokyo ramen chain Afuri (921 SE 7th Ave., afuri.us) opened its first restaurant outside Japan this October.
Tokyo ramen titan Marukin (609 SE Ankeny St., 126 SW 2nd Ave.; marukinramen.com) opened its first United States ramen-ya in Portland in March. Then it opened its second U.S. spot the following month—also in Portland.
Japanese izakaya chain Shigezo now has three locations in Portland, and nowhere else in the United States.
Ramen Ryoma, which opened in July, is a stepchild of Ramen Sora—based both in Las Vegas and Sapporo, Japan.
Korean fusion hall of peanut-brittle fried chicken Revelry (210 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 971-339-3693) opened in August from Seattle chef and Beard Award finalist Rachel Yang.
Can Font, a Michelin-recognized restaurant in the hills surrounding Barcelona, is expected to open its second location next year at Northwest Northrup Street and 10th Avenue in the Pearl.
Brazilian steak house Fogo de Chão opened its first Northwest location in Portland in 2014.
Denver's Punch Bowl Social (340 SW Morrison St., punchbowlspecial.com)—now partnered with celebrity Canadian-born Southern cook Hugh Acheson, who consults on the menu—opened a second location in Portland in 2013.
Celebrity San Francisco and Napa Valley chef Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, Acacia House), known for cooking with the weird parts of animals, announced in September he'll open a Portland restaurant.
Seattle vegan Tiki spot No Bones Beach Bar will be on North Mississippi Avenue by the end of the year.
Melbourne, Australia, coffee roaster, artisan oat roller and restaurant Proud Mary will be on Northeast Alberta Street by Christmas. Its owner plans to up the service game for Portland coffee.
Hood River's Double Mountain Pizza opened in the Woodstock neighborhood in August.
Blue Star Donuts opened in Tokyo this April.
Voodoo Doughnut is in Denver and Austin. It is in Universal Studios in L.A. It is in Taiwan. And in early 2017, it will expand to Tokyo.
Tiny, cheffy Kerns Spanish restaurant Navarre opened, then closed, then opened again, in Tokyo.
Multnomah Whiskey Library has an exact clone, Tokyo Whisky Library, in Tokyo.
Pasta shop Grassa will open in Tokyo next year.
Sizzle Pie opened in Seattle this April, and announced plans this October to open a New York location.
After its sale to the people behind Hooters, Little Big Burger announced 10 future locations in Seattle this March.
Bunk Sandwiches New York opened last August. New York seems to like it.
Pok Pok is in L.A. and New York. Pok Pok Wing is closed in New York. Pok Pok Phat Thai is closed in L.A.
Elska+heart is serving Heart coffee in Tokyo. Paddlers is selling Stumptown in Tokyo.
Broder is in Hood River. Petite Provence is in The Dalles.