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A new bar moves into the eastbound Powell Blvd. exit to 17th, with ambitions to add a full restaurant

RITA A. LEONARD - Co-owners Jeff Neuman (left) and Ron Pervizi, behind the bar at the new Mano Oculta cantina in the Brooklyn neighborhood. A new Mexican cantina and event space has opened at 1420 S.E. Powell Boulevard, next to the Brooklyn Post Office. The new business replaces the Twilight Café, a longtime business there, and offers plenty of free parking. Owners Jeff Neuman and Ron Pervizi opened their doors to bring Veracruz regional influences to the neighborhood. Neuman. The new bar carries the name "Mano Oculta", which means "hidden hand". Neuman is a Michelin-star trained chef, and international touring musician — he has spent much time in Veracruz, and Baja California — and he combines his love of all things Mexican and musical. Pervizi is a master mixologist, who currently heads the bar program at the Multnomah Athletic Club downtown. The two owners hope to expand employment opportunities, and convert the space into an inviting neighborhood restaurant.

Currently Mano Oculta comprises 1,900 square feet of public space, with 20 tables and 52 seats. They hope soon to be able to offer breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. So far, events taking place there have included "open mic" nights, poetry nights, and national and international touring acts, reflecting all genres of music.

When they expand their restaurant menu, the duo hopes to employ twenty additional servers, and plans to be open five days a week for lunch and dinner. Currently, however, the open hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m., and all show dates run from 6 to 11 p.m. Call 503/432-8627 for more information, or go online — www.manooculta.com


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