While Ava Gene’s is closed for a kitchen expansion this spring, chefs and staff will operate a jovial new concept across the river
PORTLAND, Ore. (March 25, 2019) – For six weeks, while Ava Gene’s is closed to undergo a kitchen expansion, Chef/Co-Owner Joshua McFadden and his staff will create a new restaurant in a currently vacant restaurant space in Portland’s Old Town. Starting on Tuesday, April 16th, guests will open the doors to 135 N.W. 5th Avenue and step into a bustling trattoria, with red-checked tablecloths, candlelight, and families tucking into bowls of pasta. This casual pop-up restaurant, Ava Geno’s, will serve a family-style, four-course menu of nostalgic Italian-American dishes, similar in style to Ava Gene’s past “Little Italy” dinners – dishes like rigatoni with bolognese, chicken cacciatore, caesar salad, garlic bread, meatballs and three bean salad. A menu of cocktails focused on negronis and martinis will be served from the bar, along with beer and Italian wine.
Ava Geno’s Menu
$45 per person, served family style, with a choice of antipasti, pasta, and main dish, followed by dessert. There will also be a menu of add-ons available (such as burrata and McFadden’s famous loaded garlic bread). An à la carte kids menu will be available for children 5 and up (under 5 eat free). Beverages are à la carte.
Reservations can be made at avagenos.com
Ava Geno’s will be located at 135 N.W. 5th Avenue, in Portland, Ore., and open from 5-10pm from Tuesday-Saturday (April 16-May 24).
About Submarine Hospitality
Submarine Hospitality was founded in Portland by Joshua McFadden and Luke Dirks. Through events and restaurants Tusk and Ava Gene’s, Submarine connects diners to a community of local chefs, servers, farmers, ranchers, artists and designers. An #aggressivelyseasonal ethos guides all of their projects. In 2018, Submarine Hospitality opened La Neta in downtown Portland in partnership with The Hoxton Portland, followed by the hotel’s basement cocktail bar and Tope, a rooftop taqueria. Ava Gene’s will be closed for a kitchen expansion in the spring of 2019, reopening in the summer with a new menu and brunch. Later in 2019, Submarine will open their newest restaurant, Cicoria, a casual 75-seat pizzeria and bar next door to Ava Gene’s, serving crispy-crust pizzas inspired by those McFadden enjoyed in Rome and the tavern pizzas he ate growing up in Wisconsin. Submarinehospitality.com Instagram: @avagenes @tuskpdx @submarine_hospitality