A few months ago I stumbled upon the eponymous blog with the stated purpose to document the process of building a restaurant in our beloved hometown of Portland, Oregon.
I too am a native Portlander, and I too aspire to open a cafe/pub/restaurant/bar someday, so I was naturally intrigued.
The first post tells the story of how Ali and Evan realize a restaurant is in their future:
Perhaps it was the morning when the whipped cream exploded all over the kitchen, and all we could do was laugh despite the thick coating on the ceiling, walls, cabinets, and even in- between the stacks of plates. Or maybe it was when the nice woman returned to our booth at the Farmers Market moments after eating a small pint of our creamy roasted red pepper and tomato soup with garlic cheese croutons, only to ask if she could buy it by the gallon (literally). Whatever it was, it wasn’t long before we realized that this could no longer be a part-time job for us, it was our future. Now we find ourselves “self employed,” excited and anxious to build The Restaurant.
Over the next few months Ali and Evan guide us through their search for the perfect location, the quest for a durable ice cream machine, their vacations, their meals, their coffee supplier, and sundry other trials and tribulations related to building a restaurant in Portland, Oregon.
I recommend starting at the beginning, and scrolling backwards (forwards?) through the blog to witness the restaurant blooming, but also make sure to go visit The Little Red Bike Cafe:
Little Red Bike Cafe
4823 N. Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203
After-hours “bike-thru” window coming soon…