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A new breakfast and lunch restaurant has opened south of the Moreland Theater on Milwaukie Avenue

RITA A. LEONARD - Marissa Lorette, Baker at Westmorelands new Beeswing Restaurant, is shown in the foyer of the brunch café. A "brunch restaurant" named Beeswing has just moved from Northeast Portland into 6716 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, just south of the entrance to the Moreland Theater. The space most recently was the location of Laurelwood Brewing. Baker Marissa Lorette and Chef Ian Watson tell THE BEE they are pleased with their huge kitchen, as well as the airy and open dining space they've moved into – which seats 100.

"We've both worked in the industry our whole lives, from Texas to Seattle," remarks Lorette. "We hope to reproduce the warm, welcoming, and bright vibes that defined Beeswing at its former site in the Cully neighborhood."

The duo opened the original Beeswing in 2017 as a brunch café. "The name 'beeswing' is a baking term that means 'cream of tartar'," explains Lorette. "We serve customers daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., focusing on seasonal local ingredients from local vendors. We also offer specialty and regular coffees, and we are busiest on the weekends."

There are a dozen employees at the restaurant, says Lorette. "With such a tall and airy foyer, we hope to commission local artists to fill the gallery with bright artwork. "So far, our most popular menu items are the Trout Hash, Sausage Biscuit, and Sourdough Waffle. We also feature a Kids' Menu, Vegan farm breakfast, house cocktails, and plenty of sides."

The owners seem to be encouraged by all the new apartment houses in the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood – which would suggest a need for brunch expanding in step with the growing number of new neighborhood residents.

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