New café opens in Sellwood - just as 'social distancing' strikes
Alex Ramirez, a professional cook for twenty years, had just signed a lease for what he calls "The Harney Street Café", when COVID-19 coronavirus fears shut down all on-site dining. However, with outdoor seating for sixteen, and a take-out menu featuring breakfasts and lunches, Ramirez hopes to keep his new business going until the ban is lifted.
The Café, at 8337 S.E. 17th Avenue, is in the Sellwood space vacated by the recent retirement of the owners of Arugularium Creperie Bakery. It's a corner spot, with windows on two sides.The menu offers a breakfast variety of granola, eggs, omelets, hash and eggs with sides, and beverages. "So far, omelets have been our most-requested breakfast items," owner Ramirez tells THE BEE. "Lunch favorites have been burgers and salads, which feature Cobb and Caesar salad, pear-bacon, & blackened chicken. Our sandwich menu includes Reubens, blackened or grilled chicken-breast sandwiches, roasted Portobello, and our Harney Street burger."
Currently, the Harney Street Café is open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for take-out orders. "We hope to be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 to 3 on weekends, as soon as possible," says Ramirez. "We'll have a staff of three, and seating for forty indoors – and a full menu of breakfasts and lunches."
For information, or to order take-out, call 503/234-2562. Their menu is online – www.harneystreetcafe.com
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