Chef and co-owner Brian Han and partner BJ Smith open Grace Cafe, by day a health-forward cafe and by night a gathering place exploring Han’s Korean roots
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 21, 2021) – Grace Cafe officially opens on Friday, July 23rd. The first restaurant from chef and co-owner Brian Han, Grace Cafe presents surprising combinations, techniques and influences that combine to form a creative and health-forward menu, open day to night. Grace is inspired by the idea of daily ritual, coming together and breaking bread. By day, Grace Cafe is a health-forward cafe, featuring a menu of healthy bowls, smoothies, and juices. By night, the cafe shifts to a menu centered around Korean banchan with accessible dining options, and an imaginative cocktail program. Through the menu at Grace Cafe, Han explores his own Korean heritage through food. The menu is a tapestry of years spent in fine dining, growing up amidst the rise of California cuisine, his Korean roots – a life’s story on a plate.
“For those with hyphenated identities like myself, we stay connected to our roots through food. Sometimes it’s the only way. The menu at Grace Cafe is a sensory way to both explore my own Korean heritage, and share my interpretation with others,” said Brian Han, chef and co-owner of Grace Cafe.
Brian Han is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Grace Cafe in Portland, Oregon, where he brings a unique set of experience, inspirations, and time spent in some of the West Coast’s best kitchens to the table. Partners and friends, Brian Han and BJ Smith launched several popups amidst the pandemic and their new brick and mortar venture, Grace Cafe, is a result of that experimental time. After years spent in the fine dining realm, accessibility was paramount to Han. He wanted to create a gathering space to come together over health-conscious foods that are accessible to all. Daytime at Grace Cafe is built around health-forward bowls, toasts, and smoothies that allow you to configure as you wish. The menu is largely vegetarian and vegan friendly, with an option to add proteins. The robust beverage program includes juices, smoothies, teas, and Proud Mary coffee. By night, the restaurant features bowls and a seasonal selection of Korean banchan, small side dishes designed to sample and share together.
Raised in the Bay Area, cooking is a second career for Brian Han, who got his professional start in law. After deciding to change direction, Han found himself in the kitchen of San Francisco’s Bar Tartine, beginning his culinary journey. Han has spent time in some of the West Coast’s best kitchens, including Aziza, his first Michelin starred restaurant, Lazy Bear, and Jon & Vinny’s. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked as a private chef, where he got a crash course in health-conscious, refined cooking. Laying the groundwork for Grace Cafe’s menu inspiration. During that time he co-founded Cash Only, a collective at the cross section of food and culture that hosted informational panels, events, and collaborative dinners. In fall 2020, Han headed to Oregon for the mountains, forests, and bountiful produce. Inspired by many visits to a friend’s farm outside of Eugene, the menu at Grace Cafe is a reflection of this awe for Oregon’s abundance, farmers, and what’s all around us.
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ABOUT GRACE CAFE
Grace Cafe presents surprising combinations, techniques and influences that combine to form a creative and health forward menu, open day to night. Grace Cafe is located at 1401 SE Morrison St #117 Portland, OR 97214. Grace Cafe is open everyday, 9 to 3pm for daytime, 3-5pm for happy hour and 8-8pm for dinner. The menu is.available for dine in, take out, and delivery. For more information, and menus, visit: Eatatgrace.com. Follow along for the latest news on Instagram @grace_pdx.
For more information regarding Grace Cafe, please contact Culberson Public Relations [email protected].