Slabtown Hits Refresh: The Solo Club

"NW Portland is getting cool again"

by Thomas Ross

Right at the Fork

KGW Channel 8

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"The Solo Club, the long-awaited pastry, lunch, dinner, and cocktail lounge featuring a years-in-the-works dinner menu from Besaw's Executive Chef Dustin Clark, will open its doors on August 15, with a grand opening party lasting from 6 to 10 p.m".

SOMETHING STRANGE is happening in Northwest Portland: It’s getting cool again. Under pretenses of celebrating the Slabtown neighborhood’s working-class history, apartment buildings like the LL Hawkins are going up (next to a New Seasons, no less). And even those of us who can’t afford a studio have to admit the Hawkins is kind of a looker. (Didn’t we agree that all new buildings must be eyesores so Portlanders could keep carping?)

One neighborhood staple, Cana Flug’s Portland classic Besaw’s, lost its spot on NW 23rd last year and adapted by relocating and rebranding, moving to the LL Hawkins. And now Besaw’s has a sister in the next-door Solo Club. The colorful, bi-level café and bar has a focus that’s just about as Portland-cool as it gets: excellent coffee in the morning, amaro- and bitters-focused cocktails in the evening, and a Southeast-Asian inspired menu all day long.  

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