Last month, Jason Blair celebrated his one-year anniversary as owner of Hogan’s Goat Pizza shop at 5222 N.E. Sacramento St. in the Rose City Park neighborhood and expanded his operating hours to five days a week. Hogan’s Goat is now open Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The pizza restaurant was launched twelve years ago in the Pearl district by Rose City Park neighbor John Burrowes and his daughter Becca. After that location closed, they re-opened four years ago in the current space when the building’s owner, Dave Strom, approached them about an availability.
“I met Becca ten years ago in Alaska, when I was chef at a bed and breakfast for a season.” said Blair. “We became great friends through our dogs. Last year, just by chance, I sent a message to Becca telling her that she should sell me the Goat. She replied that she had just put it on the market!”
“I have been in pizza my whole life,” said Blair. “I have worked in some amazing places around Portland – Clarklewis, Nostranna, Ava Gene’s, Roman Candle, the Woodsman Tavern – and the Goat has been my chance to make something of my own. I’ve been trying to make slow and positive changes – without affecting my family life and making sure I have time for my son, Asher. I’ve increased the seating and the hours and added some smaller plates and salads to the menu.”
“We’re trying to figure out how to make brunch work and we have some great ideas. We just need to find some awesome people to help us in the kitchen. We have amazing pizza and I love being a neighborhood joint. We know everyone that comes through our door – or try to.”
Blair’s business also features a commissary kitchen and he rents out the that space to other food based businesses during the day.
“I love this neighborhood,” said Blair. “I’m from a very small town in Minnesota and my best friend in high school’s sister lives just up the street from Hogan’s Goat. I love getting my coffee at Case Study and crossing the street to the food carts. I bought my son’s bike at The Bike Gallery and I often hit up Du’s Grill. The Goat team usually finishes the night across the street at Sheridan Sports bar. I love it all.”
For more information call (503)281-9008 or visit www.hogansgoatpizza.com.