Former Aviary co-owner Jasper Shen has two high-profile projects in the works for early 2017.
In January, he will open his long-promised XLB in the former Lardo space on North Williams Avenue, devoted to the xiao long bao Shanghai soup dumpling that's become a nationwide obsession.
He's also been tapped as project manager of the Portland outpost of Can Font, the Michelin-recognized Catalan restaurant in Barcelona, planned for Northwest 10th Avenue and Northrup Street, under chef Joseph Vidal.
Downtown, the 3,000-square-foot Portland Food Hall is slated to drop in early 2017. Located five blocks south of Pine Street Market on Southwest 2nd Avenue, the hall will have a bar and seven food vendors, including ramen from the people behind Hapa PDX, and a Lebanese spot from Andre Karam of Zaatar.