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"Bird & Bear Restaurant" opens on Holgate Boulevard

RITA A. LEONARD - Donald Kotlers new restaurant on the northeast corner of S.E. 28th and Holgate Boulevard offers indoor and outdoor dining; this is the view on 28th.“Toast” restaurant on S.E. 52nd just north of Steele Street is highly-regarded in the Woodstock neighborhood; it is open 8 am to 2 pm seven days a week (except for the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) for brunch.

Also well-thought-of is its companion “Yolk” food truck, at 48th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, which also serves breakfast.

Now, Donald Kotler, who owns both of those, has opened his third restaurant – at 2801 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. When Portland Picture Frame found it had more space than it needed on that corner, Kotler took over 1,200 square feet, and converted it to a restaurant featuring the nicknames of his two children. And this one is open for the other two major meals of the day.

“Bird & Bear” seats about thirty customers indoors, with four picnic tables outdoors on the west side for open-air dining. Kotler oversees all three eateries to assure that things are running smoothly.

“Bird & Bear” is open five days a week for lunch and dinner, with a daily Happy Hour from 2 to 5 pm. Cheerful yellow chairs in the dining area set the tone for a lively menu of sandwiches, specialty plates, salads, and sides, along with a full bar. “We aim to provide families a variety of unique urban comfort food in a homey atmosphere, using seasonal and sustainable ingredients whenever we can,” says Kotler.

“We do offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options. So far, our most popular sandwiches are the duck with blackberry vinaigrette, hazelnuts, and ginger aioli; and the albacore with capers, shallots, lemon, and parsley,” he continues.

“Plate favorites are chicken ragu with tomato, oregano, mozzarella, and parmesan; and the pork ragu with parmesan, pickled red onion, and chives. We also serve grilled eggplant, burgers, meatball subs, and fried mortadella. And, we have a children’s menu.”

“Bird & Bear” is open Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from noon till 9 pm; Fridays and Saturdays noon till closing. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 503/954-2801, or go online to: www.birdbearpdx.com.