Grüner & Foster Burger Updates

This is probably old news to most of you, I accidentally let both of these press releases age in my inbox for a few days, but they caught my eye this morning while I was trolling for job offer emails from French champagne houses in need of tasters, so I will post them now, old news or not. 

First up, Foster Burger. 


Kurt Huffman

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show details Nov 20 (4 days ago) 

Portland, Oregon
Daniel Mondok (Sel Gris) and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Ping) will team with ChefStable to open a burger bar at 5339 SE Foster in Portland sometime this January.  The menu will be simple and inexpensive with a focus on signature meat (ground in-house), hand cut fries, simple salads, milk shakes and a full bar.  The 48 seat bar will feature a heated 50 seat outdoor smoking patio which will be open year-round.
For more information e-mail:

Next, good news from Chris Israel about Grüner, which is only blocks from my apartment, so I’m extra excited about it. It’s a long one, but just click to keep reading.


Gruner Restaurant

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show details Nov 20 (4 days ago) 

Christopher Israel  
November 19, 2009

I’m very happy to announce that Grüner, my new restaurant, will open the 28th of December.
Our alpine inspired menu will feature the seasonal cuisines of Italy, Germany, Austria, France, 
Switzerland and Central Europe. Located on the corner of SW 12th & Alder in downtown 
Portland’s West End district, our intimate dining room seats approximately 35 people 
and our cozy bar about 12. In addition we have a large family style table that can seat groups up to 10.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’re hosting a series of dinners, inviting friends, colleagues 
and food lovers to preview our culinary offerings before we officially open to the public.
The dinners will feature a 6-course menu. Each night’s menu will be different but equally exciting.
The cost is $100 per person, which includes wine or beer pairings with each course, an open bar and gratuity. 

a sample menu:

Shaved Radishes with Chicories & Austrian Pumpkin Seed Oil

Wild Mushroom Gratin with Caraway, Parsley and Breadcrumbs

A Sample of Cured Meats — Speck, Bresaola, Venison Terrine, Salami and other delectables

Roast Duckling with Spiced Red Cabbage, Parsnips and Caramelized Quince

Hungarian Beef Short Rib Goulash with Spätzle 

Poached Pear with Riesling Sabayon and Chestnut Madeleines

Dec 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23 are currently available for these special evenings and seats are filling up quickly.
Please visit to request a table.

We will begin taking regular dinner reservations December 1st.  
Grüner will be open Monday-Thursday from 5-10pm and Friday-Saturday 5-11pm.  
Additionally, we will offer happy hour in the bar from 4:30-6pm Monday-Friday.

Our Staff:

Christopher Israel, Chef/Owner
Dana Pickell, General Manager and Wine Buyer
Jake Sheffield, Sous Chef
Shane Feirstein, Bar Manager