Rotisserie chicken in Portland just keeps getting better.
Mexico City-style Latin chicken spot Pollo Norte looks to be opening a second location—this time with a full-liquor bar—at the former Kerns Kitchen on Northeast 29th Avenue and Glisan Street.
When it opened oin Cully on 42nd Avenue, Pollo Norte was the first in a new Portland wave of Latin-inspired chicken spots—including one of our two food carts of the year, Chicken and Guns—and it's still one of the finest, serving up moist-centered chicken with an edge of crackle on the skin, fine coleslaw and cabbage juiced up with drippings from slow-cooked chicken.
When contacted by Willamette Week, Pollo Norte's owners said that they haven't finalized any deals—but they've filed for a full liquor license at the former site of brunch spot Kerns Kitchen, which closed very quietly June 30. The new, larger space would offer more space to host a commissary kitchen for their D.F.-style birds.
If the deal goes through, the days of waiting for seats in a packed, tiny space would be over. The proposed second location for Pollo Norte would seat 52 people, including 18 patio seats. It would also include a bar.