In the last eight years, Kathy Compton sold one restaurant, served as a chef at a local winery and started another restaurant - all within a five-mile radius of her hometown.
Compton, who grew up in Forest Grove, says she has 'practically always been in the restaurant business' in one form or another.
She's happy she has.
The former owner of Café Bouchee in Forest Grove (she sold that eatery in 2004), Compton eagerly watched a new brick building go up on the corner of Main Street and 19th Avenue last year, as her husband, Donald Compton, moved his dental practice and created a corner space for her new restaurant.
Open since April, 1910 Main American Bistro serves up what Compton calls 'NEW American fare,' which changes with the seasons and the availability of local produce and other ingredients.
The changing menu keeps things fresh, says Compton.
'I like having people come in and be surprised at the quality of our food,' she noted. 'Customers ask all the time: 'Is this really Forest Grove?''
The bistro's casually elegant atmosphere, with its natural woods and hand-blown glass chandelier, draws folks in for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Compton plans to add a Saturday and Sunday brunch option in the next few months.
Nuanced evolutions at the restaurant this fall include slight changes to the menu and 'more of a farm-to-table approach,' says Compton, who is the restaurant's executive chef. 'We'll buy directly from farmers growing the food.'
Core menu items that won't make an exit include 1910 Main's four-cheese macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, fish and chips and a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
'Those are bistro classics - staples our customers really love,' Compton says.
And for those who love 1910's dessert menu, don't worry. April DeGroot will continue to serve up bread pudding with bourbon sauce, house-made sorbets, seasonal crisps and other delectable treats.
- 1910 Main American Bistro is located at the corner of Main Street and 19th Ave., Forest Grove. 503-430-7014.
1910 Main features:
Polly's Parlor, a private room just right for business meetings and social functions that can seat 24 people comfortably. The room is audio and video-ready and has wireless Internet service.
Prices: Lunch from $5 to $14 and dinner from $10 to $28
Local wines: About 85 percent of the selections on the wine list are from vintners within 25 miles of Forest Grove
Hours: 11 a.m. to close Tuesday through Saturday; adding brunch on Saturday and Sunday soon. Closed Monday. Happy hour daily 3-6pm.