Northeast Portland is buzzing with new restaurant activity this month with two newly opened ventures. DOC, named after the Italian quality certification label for gustatory products, has begun welcoming dinners at 5519 NE 30th. It's the latest eatery from restaurateur Micah Camden, owner/chef of Yakuza, and is pairing Italian cuisine with seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients. Chef Greg Perrault from New York and Sous-Chef Melissa Pelletier (formerly of Fife) are in the kitchen while Austin Bridges handles the 24-seat house.
Not far from DOC, the Radio Room has opened at 1101 NE Alberta. Early buzz on the place sounds pretty positive with particular regard to the clean retro design. Serving beer, wine, and cocktails, the Radio Room also has a full food menu. Could it become another jewel in NE Alberta's crown?
Finally, Upright Brewing Company has announced that it will be taking residence in the Leftbank Project at 240 N Broadway. Brewer Alex Ganum plans on creating beer "atypical of Portland and America itself," using a notoriously difficult open-fermentation method. Ganum hopes to have his Belgian-esque brew rolling out the door in kegs and bottles early next year. Expect his progress to be documented in these pages in the coming months.