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Restaurant roundup: Jackpot Bistro

Published Sept. 27, 2016 -

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The interior of Jackpot Bistro.

Jackpot Bistro, 1652 N.W. Fairview Drive, Gresham:

Boring resident Angela Allen and business partner Brandon Ross recently transformed the basic “lotto bar” that was Grampy’s into a more stylish, quality food-oriented establishment.

The former manager of the Grampy’s chain of Oregon Lottery-oriented bar and delis in the Portland area, Allen sees her newly branded business as a place where people can go to relax over cocktails and enjoy thoughtfully prepared dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We’re not exactly a deli, where you play video poker and sit next to (someone doing the same),” she said. “We are a real bistro for people over 21. We have a full menu with everything made from scratch and in-house. There’s a full bar, and it’s quiet — not loud or rowdy.”

Featuring a menu Allen plans to change daily as well as seasonally, Jackpot’s menu offers Thai-oriented dishes, as well as steak-, pork- and pasta-based entrees, mostly in the $8 to $13 range.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Angela Allen smiles behing the counter at Jackpot Bistro, the former Grampy's lottery lounge she recently took over and retooled as a food-oriented bistro.“The club sandwich is as big as your face,” Allen said with a chuckle. “The menu is different all the time. We might have meatloaf for a special, or a lamb dish. There’s always something new to try.”

Allen admitted it’s a challenge to get customers to realize there’s more to Jackpot than being a place to drink beer and play lottery.

“Customers are catching on now,” she said. “Now you can come here and eat and play.”

Jackpot Bistro is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. For more information, call 503-465-1463 or search for Jackpot Bistro on Facebook.