Can Font Opens in Portland’s Pearl District

The Portland extension of Catalonian restaurant Can Font (1015 Northrup Street, 503-224-3909) is now open in the Pearl District’s Cosmopolitan Building. “Three years ago, I was visiting Portland and I saw a city growing quickly and I fell deeply in love,” says Chef Josep Vidal, who partnered with Portland-based real estate broker Vladimir Zaharchook to open the restaurant. Fresh seafood, locally-sourced produce, and a rotating selection of rice and pasta paella dishes bring the heart of modern Spanish cuisine to a city that echoes Chef Josep’s own philosophy of food.

Josep’s kitchen is a place where the flavor of each ingredient is highlighted, elevated, and treated with respect. The menu relies on local, high-quality ingredients, specifically seafood. “I have met with several suppliers,” says Josep, “and I have been surprised by their kindness, their way of dealing with future clients.” Can Font’s menu requires a handful of ingredients that are typically hard to find in the Pacific Northwest, but hand-selected vendors have risen to the challenge. Josep says he is grateful for the help and guidance these local suppliers have extended. Can Font’s existing partnerships include: Conserva, SP Provisions, Smith Tea, Corkscru, Nikis, Newman’s, Alexis, Ocean Beauty, and Park Avenue Fine Wines.

Chef Josep describes his approach to cooking as “traditional cuisine elaborated with an avant-garde Mediterranean flair.” When Josep met Vladimir, he quickly recognized a shared passion for innovation and rich culinary experiences. Vladimir’s familiarity with Barcelona, Spain impressed Josep. After a visit to restaurant’s original location in Barcelona, Vladimir and Josep established a business partnership and began conceiving the restaurant that would become Portland’s take on Can Font.

Located on the main floor of the Pearl District’s Cosmopolitan Building, Can Font’s urban setting creates an ambiance all its own. The restaurant’s interior mirrors the urban aesthetic outside its floor-to-ceiling windows. An elegant dining room, conceptualized by Jenny Baines of Baines Design, comfortably seats 60 guests among intentional touches of walnut and shades of deep turquoise. As the restaurant grows, six-to-seven bar seats will be added to a chef’s counter in the center of the dining room, where patrons can observe Chef Josep and his team prepare modern Spanish dishes.

The open kitchen concept, created by Ida York Designs, was built for the chef to enjoy and patrons to observe. Multiple workstations, specialty equipment, and beautiful tile walls mix the beauty of the kitchen with the dining experience. Compared to the idyllic countryside setting of Can Font’s original location near Barcelona, Can Font meets Portland with modern design flourished with unexpected touches of vibrant simplicity. “Over the last three years we have become more than just business partners, we’ve become a family,” says Vladimir. “After many years of planning, I am excited to bring my cuisine to Portland, a city where people whole-heartedly respect the food they eat,” says Chef Josep. “I can’t wait to be part of this community.” Compared to the idyllic countryside setting of Can Font’s original location near Barcelona, Can Font meets Portland with modern design flourished with unexpected touches of vibrant simplicity.

“Over the last three years we have become more than just business partners, we’ve become a family,” says Vladimir. “After many years of planning, I am excited to bring my cuisine to Portland, a city where people whole-heartedly respect the food they eat,” says Chef Josep. “I can’t wait to be part of this community.”

 

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