Mother’s Bistro & Bar Turns Fifteen
Lisa Schroeder Celebrates Important Milestone
Portland, Ore. (February 24, 2015) — When Lisa Schroeder gave birth to Mother’s Bistro & Bar fifteen years ago, little did she know her downtown restaurant would set the tone for a new generation of exciting breakfast spots and become one of Portland’s most beloved destinations. In a location where few businesses had managed to succeed, Mother’s grew from a 90-seat corner spot into a 130-seat dining and drinking destination that consistently draws a full house.
How does a restaurant like Mother’s not only survive, but thrive after fifteen years? It’s in large part due to the fact that chef and owner Lisa Schroeder is never complacent. She’s present most days her restaurant is open, particularly on the busiest. Chef Schroeder tastes everything served in her kitchen, making sure everything is up to snuff. “Our consistency and good value have allowed Mother’s to stay and grow while other restaurants have come and gone,” says Schroeder. And she doesn’t rest on her laurels, either. The Mother of the Month (M.O.M.) menu changes monthly by definition, so there’s always something new, different and seasonal on the menu. And daily specials such as a different macaroni & cheese, soup, salad and fish dish keep things interesting. “Maintaining food quality isn’t all,” Schroeder adds, “we’re constantly repainting, updating and polishing the restaurant and bar to keep everything fresh.”
Just as you would expect a mother to do in her kitchen, Schroeder has her eyes on everything and knows exactly what’s going on in her domain. “I do what’s needed at any given moment, whether it’s calling tickets, chopping vegetables, typing a menu, doing dishes, taking orders or answering the phone,” Schroeder explains. A natural host with a contagious laugh, Schroeder is the consummate entertainer. She mingles throughout the crowded dining room, conversing with her guests in multiple languages, leaving them smiling and feeling at home. Her fans, a melting pot of business diners, tourists, ladies who lunch, families and Portland’s young, food-obsessed crowd all appreciate access to one of the region’s most celebrated chefs and are united by an appreciation of Mother’s cooking.
The motherly attitude Schroeder shows guests extends to her employees and the community at large. She’s an active supporter of local businesses, important causes and many non-profits. Schroeder has chaired the Portland Downtown Retail Council, the Our House Dinner series, was on the board of the Oregon Restaurant Association and has steered fundraising for Bradley Angle House, Raphael House, Basic Rights Oregon and Sparks of Hope. She offered health care to her employees from the day she opened and donates her knowledge and time to teach and inspire colleagues, peers and young entrepreneurs. Schroeder is a sought-after speaker at industry and public events big and small where she strives to inspire and ignite a pursuit of passion.
The more love Schroeder shares with the community, the more its appreciation for Mother’s has grown, and local and national media have taken notice over the years. In 2000, within a year of its opening, Mother’s was chosen Restaurant of the Year by Willamette Week; two years later, it became one of America’s Top Restaurant Bargains by Food & Wine Magazine and has been repeatedly acknowledged as one of Portland’s best brunch and comfort food locations by numerous publications and blogs. A watershed moment in Schroeder’s career occurred in 2009 with the release of her cookbook, Mother’s Best and an appearance on the Today Show and QVC. This was followed by two prestigious recognitions: the Portland Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year Award and the IACP Chef/Restaurateur Award of Excellence.
Mother of one and ecstatic grandmother of four, Schroeder will celebrate Mother’s Bistro & Bar’s fifteenth year anniversary over the next eleven months by honoring her invaluable staff, cheering with her regular guests, and nestling with her grandchildren while feeding them Matzoh Ball soup near the kid’s play area in Mother’s dining room.
Kicking off the celebration, Mother’s Bistro & Bar will be offering a three-course dinner for $29 for the next four months, starting with Portland Dining Month in March.
Mother’s Bistro & Bar (www.mothersbistro.com) is easy to find at 212 Southwest Stark Street, on the corner of 2nd avenue in downtown Portland, and is open every day but Monday. No matter what meal of the day, whether breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour, Mother’s will have something delicious cooking on the stove and Chef Lisa Schroeder will be there to make sure you enjoy every bite!