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Portland chef to open authentic xurros (churro) spot

COURTESY: ATAULA - Chef Jose Chesa is expanding his mini empire with a xurros spot and paella spot on Northeast Broadway. One of Portland's most acclaimed chefs will open a second spot that's all about fun, and authenticity.

Chef Jose Chesa, owner of Spanish tapas restaurant Ataula, will open 180, a small shop focusing on Spanish xurros, also spelled churros.

The shop, at 2218 N.E. Broadway Ave., will open in mid-December with large windows that let guests look into the kitchen and watch their xurros made to order in a xurros machine imported from Spain.

The name 180 comes temperature in Celsius at which they're fried. They're traditionally served piping hot, ready to be dipped in housemade drinking chocolate, marshmallow cream or caramel peanut butter sauce, and enjoyed with hot coffee.

COURTESY: 180 - Portland's first dedicated xurreria, 180, will open next month with a menu of sweet, crunchy fritters made to order. The menu will feature chocolate coated, sugar and cinnamon sprinkled and plain xurros, as well as fillings such as crema catalana, dulce de leche or chocolate and Jacobsen’s salt.

"Spanish xurros are the ultimate, irresistible snack for any occasion throughout Spain," says Chesa, who grew up sneaking pieces of piping hot xurros from his grandmother’s frying pan as he hid under the kitchen table.

Co-owners in the venture are Chesa's partner/chef David Martin and partner Cristina Bae´z, who are also opening a paella restaurant, called Chesa, in the adjacent space on Northeast Broadway.

The trio met while working at Restaurant Raco´ de Can Fabes, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Sant Celoni, Spain in 2004.

In Portland, they opened Ataula in Northwest Portland in 2013.

Now they're looking for the same sense of community with xurreria. Chesa calls it the perfect collaboration for them, considering that it's simple yet challenging to make perfect.

"We hope to immerse our guests into this experience right here in Portland at 180," Chesa says, "a communal place for everyone to enjoy, celebrate or just relax with a warm and indulgent snack.”

For more: 180pdx.com.