Longtime neighborhood pub proprietor Kevin Dorney, co-owner of The Moon and Sixpence in Hollywood since 1999, has teamed with two local restaurant veterans, baker Marissa Lorette and chef Ian Watson, to open Beeswing, a breakfast and lunch spot at the intersection of Cully Boulevard and Skidmore Street, across the street from Albertson’s and just south of Rite Aid in the Cully neighborhood.
In 2014, Dorney – a former Cully neighbor who recently moved to Montavilla after selling his home to Orange Splot developer Eli Spevak – purchased the former Glass Pipe Smoke Shop convenience store at 4318 N.E. Cully Boulevard and has been slowly and meticulously restoring the space ever since, lining the walls with vintage newspapers and repurposed sheet music.
“I’m a slow builder,” said Dorney. “I finally opened this November as the Tom Cully Cafe – but feedback from neighbors was a general disappointment with the size and scope of the menu. My idea was a neighborhood coffee shop – with a little food, soup, sandwiches, etc. Everyone loved the space, but wanted more options. A few weeks later, I was introduced to Marissa by a mutual friend and then met her partner Ian. It just all came together. Their vision was exactly what the neighborhood wanted. It was essentially perfect.”
“We love the Cully neighborhood,” said Lorette. “We make yummy, quality breakfast and lunch dishes and bake all our own bread, pie and pastries. Our restaurant space is large and light-filled. We focus on making as many elements from scratch as we can, from our jam to our smoked trout. We serve Stumptown coffee and espresso and Jasmine Pearl teas. Soon, we’ll have beer and cider on tap, along with mimosas, micheladas, wine and sake. We want to provide a homey and delicious place to come and enjoy a leisurely brunch, or a quick cup of coffee and a pastry to go, or our housemade chai and a slice of pie.”
Both Watson and Lorette have impressive resumes in the neighborhood and throughout the city. Watson has worked at Pok Pok, The Secret Society in the Boise neighborhood, Clyde Common, Genoa, and Old Salt Marketplace on 42nd Ave. Lorette also worked at Old Salt, where she helped to launch their bread program, as well as Bakeshop in Rose City Park, Full Belly Fare, Clarklewis, Bluehour, Smallwares in Beaumont Village, and Pix Patisserie. The popular brunch at Old Salt in Cully was partly Watson’s vision.
“We opened on New Year’s Day to celebrate the new year and to politely kick 2016 to the curb,” said Lorette. “We changed the name to Beeswing – because it’s really a new restaurant. Ian and I have been working in kitchens since we were teenagers. We met in 2003 while working at a restaurant on Southeast Division called Nourishment. The food and concept at Beeswing will be a reflection of our experience cooking up and down the west coast for the last 15 years.”
When the weather warms, Beeswing will have ample patio space for outdoor dining.
“Kevin has spent two years working on the building,” said Lorette. “His vision is to have a central restaurant with a small food cart pod and a large outside courtyard, to serve the neighborhood and provide quality food and a place for the neighborhood to gather.”
Beeswing is now open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 503-477-7318 or visit www.beeswingpdx.com.