Lauded Portland Russian restaurant signs lease on second space in the Central Eastside
PORTLAND, OR (Nov. 29, 2016) – Following two years of steady growth since opening in 2014, Kachka has recently signed a lease on a second location in Portland’s Central Eastside. In mid-2017, Kachka will expand from one to three Russian food service concepts. The new space is a stand alone building just five blocks from the restaurant’s current location, in Killian Pacific’s new Goat Blocks development at 960 S.E. 11th Avenue, between Belmont and Taylor streets. The building is still under construction.
In the summer of 2017, Kachka will move into the new 2,980 square-foot space in the Goat Blocks. The current Kachka restaurant space at 720 S.E. Grand Ave. will remain, and continue to serve some of Kachka’s most popular Eastern European menu items, such as dumplings, Herring “Under a Fur Coat,” and vodka infusions in a more casual atmosphere.
“We are so grateful for Portland’s support of Kachka since opening, and are so excited to be able to offer more to our guests with the addition of a second space,” says Chef/Co-Owner Bonnie Morales. “It’ll allow us to expand our offerings, seatings, and share more aspects of Russian eating and drinking culture with Portland. Service has always been paramount for us, and we’re really looking forward to having more space to accommodate guests, more kitchen space for our staff, and guest parking.”
An expansion to a second space will provide a larger dining room to accommodate more nightly guests, outdoor patio seating, a shorter wait time for walk in guests, a larger kitchen to support an expanded menu, the addition of lunch service, and parking on site for customers. The new space will also house a small Russian market/deli where Troika Spirits, Kachka’s retail line of vodka, will also be sold.
Kachka sparked a Russian food revolution when Bonnie and Israel Morales opened their Portland restaurant in 2014. Chef Bonnie Morales cooks the food of the former Soviet Union, including many dishes inspired by those she grew up eating with her Belarusian family. Meals at Kachka begin with a table filled with zakuski, Russian drinking food, and vodka. Kachka serves over 50 different vodka selections, as well a list of house made infusions, craft cocktails, and a curated list of beer and wine with a focus on Eastern European producers. The warm and lively atmosphere at Kachka turns dinner into an event, fueled by a parade of dishes marked by deep and vibrant flavors such as those in dumplings, cured fish and pickled vegetables. Kachka was Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014 and their #2 on their list of Best Restaurants in Portland for 2016, included in America’s Essential Restaurants of 2016 by Eater, one of GQ’s Most Outstanding Restaurants of 201. Kachka was one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant nominees in 2015, named “Rising Star” by the Oregonian, and was a semifinalist for 2015’s James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Eater’s multimedia piece, “One Night At Kachka,” won a James Beard Journalism Award in 2016. A cookbook of recipes from Kachka will be published by Flatiron Books in fall of 2017. Kachka is located at 720 S.E. Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon, and open every night for dinner, early and late night happy hours. Follow Kachka on Instagram and Twitter @KachkaPDX kachkapdx.com