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Tiny, hard-core locavore Belmont restaurant has big ambition

First Look: Modernist Berlu Opens June 13

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Location: OR-Portland

Story Date: 6/3/2019

Publisher: Portland Monthly   

Author: Karen Brooks

Vince Nguyen gave up the dream of becoming a pediatrician when he discovered his talent for cooking. For his first job, at age 21, he jumped right into the fire of a demanding two-Michelin star kitchen in Los Angeles. It was a small job, but he was hooked on thoughtful ambition. His chef creds include San Francisco’s famed Coi, Portland’s Castagna, and his Portland pop-up Joile Laide. Now, at age 32, he’s finally getting a little place to call his own: Berlu, all 450 square feet of it, will open at 6:30 p.m. on June 13, at 605 SE Belmont St, on the ground floor of the new Modera Belmont apartment building (if Portland’s inspection gods are kind.)

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: New Places