As we celebrate 5 years since Nodoguro’s beginning, Elena and I realize that the greatest gift of our efforts to make our place the best place it can be is all of the wonderful humans we have met along the way—our friends, our community, and our members. Nodoguro has grown from a roving restaurant, to make-shift shop, to pop-up, and finally, to home of the Supahardcore, but we love doing it for our guests every night! We are proud to be a local hangout and love seeing familiar faces. The legend Kazunori Nozawa once told me two beautiful pieces of wisdom: “Great guests give you all the energy you need,” and “Chefs choose their guests.”
Now 5 years in, we have decided to open Tonari and Peter Cat next door to Nodoguro. In some ways, next door will be the inverse of Nodoguro, but the dedication to our community is exactly the same. During the day, Tonari will be a Blue-Zone community cafe, and by night, Peter Cat will be a vinyl-Jazz salon. We plan to open soon, and community will be Tonari’s essential element.
For one week only , we are excited to offer you a Co-op style yearly membership to Tonari. The membership is $100 and will give you quarterly discounts and free access to the Tonari class and events calendar, with classes and workshops hosted by us and other trusted community members. We plan to offer events tied to Blue-Zone living, like making simple, healthy Japanese food, and other wonderful ideas that make life better, such as Ikigai and Kintsugi. To join us in our next adventure, and to support us getting there, sign-ups are open now until March 19.
For more information about Tonari, read the article in Portland Monthly. https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2019/1/30/nodoguro-new-project-is-a-healthful-japanese-cafe-by-day-and-a-vinyl-jazz-salon-by-night
Thank you so much for your support! See you all next door soon!
Ryan and Elena