n Lake Oswego barbecue king now offers new room, new menu

A great barbecue chef is never satisfied.

That is why Matt Ramey, the lanky major domo of Pine Shed Ribs, has added a whole lot to his Lake Oswego restaurant on Pilkington Road.

Ramey’s restaurant now offers brews, coffee, pastries and desserts under the catchy title of Piglet’s Pints & Pastries and is now open mornings. Pine Shed customers can drop by early for coffee and hot buttered biscuits and come back for barbecue at lunch and/or dinner.

“Our barbecue restaurant was doing real well,” Ramey said. “Now our repeat customers will have a place to eat.”

Actually, there was a dining room in the past, but as Gertrude Stein once observed, there was no there there. This did not sit well with Jennifer Peterson, Ramey’s spunky business partner.

“It never had any character,” Peterson said. “It was just a place to put people. When Matt and I got our beer and wine license last summer we thought, ‘Let’s do something.’”

The new dining room has plenty of character, and Ramey and Peterson’s operation now has an early and late aspect. Folks can come in starting at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and get their days off to a bright start with coffee, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, banana bread and seasonal favorites like the current pumpkin bread. There will also be a big new emphasis on desserts. Doing the baking will be Peterson herself and her talented assistant.

“Melissa Halbleib has had a lot of good experience,” Peterson said. “It is great to have her on board.”

Later on in the day beer and wines made by local brewers and vintners will be available. Coming soon will be a happy hour.

Of course, Ramey’s delicious, tangy barbecue will continue at Pine Shed Ribs.

For more information, visit or call 503-635-7427. Pine Shed Ribs is located at 17730 Pilkington Road in Lake Oswego.

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