NORTHEAST—After months of pop-ups and potential restaurant concepts, April Bloomfield-protege Peter Cho has settled on Han Oak, a reservation-only restaurant with a seemingly no-holds-barred take on Korean barbecue, located inside of The Ocean complex at 511 NE 24th Ave. Cho came to local prominence by partnering with Johnny Leach on the Stray Dogs hot dog pop-up concept. The move nixed that concept, but Cho says he hopes to work with Leach—and other chefs—by letting them hold their own pop-ups in the Han Oak space. Expect Cho to start serving dinners on Saturday and Sunday nights come February 13.
NORTHWEST—After closing more year ago over a long-protracted legal dispute regarding brand ownership, Besaw’s, under the outright ownership of Cana Flug, opens its door this week, and Eater spoke with its head chef (and former Wildwood kitchen star) Dustin Clark about the new menu. Clark says he’ll up Besaw’s sourcing game and will add dishes like breakfast paella and waffle-crusted chicken wings to the breakfast menu. But the dinner menu has him "most excited," because he gets to tinker with old dishes which will let him swap in fish sauce for sea salt, and to update the restaurant's signature meatloaf by adding ground pork in addition to ground beef.
MAYOR CHEF?—Sarah Iannarone, who works at Portland State University as an international sustainability advocate, and who co-owns the Arleta Library Bakery & Cafe, known for making some truly tasty biscuits and gravy, is considering a run for mayor. If she files her paperwork, she’ll be the only person in the race running with a culinary background—and the only woman.