This week get your sweet tooth ready: we have lots of news about newly opened and upcoming bakeries, many of which have Easter specials for this weekend. Plus, a Seattle-based soup dumpling chain is coming to the Southwest Waterfront.
A new bakery, Champagne Poetry, is open on Hawthorne
On April 3, Champagne Poetry soft-opened at 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. As reported by Eater PDX, it’s a new bakery by chef Dan Bian, who opened La Rose Patisserie in Beaverton. We’ve been a fan of Bian’s baking ever since we tried the Japanese cream cheese bread and personal-sized PDX Rose cake at La Rose, though she no longer cooks at Beaverton Bakery, which is under a new owner. Champagne Poetry is cheerful pink throughout, from the pink exterior walls to the interior walls, every square inch decorated with roses. The bakery offers a range of artistically decorated and airbrushed painted croissants, macaroons, cream cheese bread and personal sized cakes. Plus, guests can sip Champagne by the glass and bottle. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
OK Omens has reopened
After being closed for several months due to renovations, the OK Omens wine bar and restaurant has reopened, offering indoor seating only. The facelift includes this adorable wine-themed bathroom, perfect for taking selfies. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; reservations are recommended if you want a table, although the bar is open to walk-ins.
Bee’s Custom Cakes Celebrates Storefront Grand Opening April 15-16
A new brick-and-mortar bakery, Bee’s Custom Cakes (7137 NE Fremont St), celebrates its grand opening April 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with coffee and pastries. No word on the full menu yet, but the Easter pre-order menu for April 16 includes mini lemon buns topped with flower petals, slices of carrot cake, Peeps Rice Krispy candies, mini cupcakes with coconut cream, etc.
Weathering the Storm appears at Concourse Coffee on April 16
Want to eat sweets and raise money for mental health counseling for BIPOC folks at the same time? Denise Williams, mother of Concourse Coffee and Deadstock Coffee owner Ian Williams, sells her homemade baked goods at Concourse Coffee (807 NE Couch St) on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for counseling services that it offers free to people. in need. Deals include butterscotch cake, bean pies, cupcakes and cake pops, available for both walk-in and pre-orders.
Zuckercreme is hosting an Easter egg hunt on April 17
Zuckercreme (414 SE 81st Ave), which functions as a pop-up space for bakers and other makers, announced its menu for the week, which includes vanilla oatmeal cake with lavender mist frosting and hummingbird cake-inspired cookies, as well as Easter-inspired treats like dulce de leche brownies with toasted coconut nests and Cadbury eggs, or Rice Krispy treats with mini Cadbury eggs, eggs with Reese’s peanut butter, lemon cheesecake and fruity pebbles. On April 17, the bakery will open early at 9 a.m. to host an Easter egg hunt for all ages; boxes of morning pastries will also be available for pick-up with pre-order, and there will be a spring market that day from noon to 4 p.m.
Dough Zone is set to open on April 18
The Seattle-based mini soupball restaurant chain announced via Instagram that its Portland location (1910 S River Dr) — the first in Oregon — will open April 18. We visited the Seattle site and can confirm that the crab and pork soup dumplings are pretty solid, although we prefer the Duck House soup dumplings based on this visit, but this place promises waterfront views sea, including several Portland bridges.
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