Sunday night Dwayne Beliakoff, the owner of Roux and this city's finest "Northwest/Creole" eatery, confirmed with me that "yes, it looks like Roux is moving downtown."
Be still my beating (and hungry) heart. Does that mean that my favorite Sunday morning NoPo brunch hangout is leaving the 'hood?
Well, yes and no, according to Beliakoff who is currently on a much needed vacation and gobbling up all that's good and southern in New Orleans.
The plan he says is—that is, if everything goes according to schedule—to open a brand new Roux sometime in the fall of 2009. And what a Roux it will be. Taking over the entire first floor of a breathtaking beautiful building located at the foot of the Steel Bridge at 321 NW Glisan Street, it will be a major tenant in what was being called East of Pearl but recently went through a name change and is now called the Soho 321 Building.
Beliakoff says to look for more private dining (fall wedding, anyone?) as well as plenty of their always amazing Creole dishes including their crave-worthy crawfish pie.
My mouth is watering already.
As for what is in store for Roux's original location, Beliakoff isn't quite ready to talk about that, but said he plans to continue to operate a dining establishment out of it, with the hopes to relaunch that space sometime in mid-summer. That will come on the heels of a late spring opening of Viola, the much anticpated "snack shack" that is rising out of the southwest corner of the Simon and Helen Director Park in downtown Portland.
Economy be damned, 2009 looks to be a big year for Beliakoff and his crew at Roux.
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