In early December, Yossel Gyorgak and Judd Harris opened a brunch cafe called Little Griddle in Andy Diaz’s former Daruma space at 3520 N.E. 42nd Ave. in Beaumont Village. Diaz closed his 600-square-foot sushi and sake restaurant in September and re-opened Daruma in a 1400-square-foot space at 1640 N.E. Killingsworth in the Concordia neighborhood.
Little Griddle is Gyorgak and Harris’s first restaurant. The partners met while working together at Jam on Hawthorne and Harris later worked for Diaz as a sushi chef at Daruma, where he learned about the availability of the Beaumont space.
“It took us around two months to refurbish the place to our liking and we did most of the work ourselves,” said Gyorgak. “We officially opened on December 9, but had a soft opening the week prior. During the soft open, we didn’t have a sign out and wanted to give the neighborhood a chance to find us organically while we worked some of the kinks out.”
The cozy new space offers seating for 24 at nine tables in a freshly-painted blue and white dining room. Rotating art on the walls is for sale and has been curated by local illustrator Brenda Dunn.
Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more.
“We offer high-end brunch at a reasonable price,” said Gyorgak. “Our most popular dishes are Huevos Benedictos and Shakshuka. Our skillets are also a crowd favorite. We are passionate about our work and want every single person who comes through our doors to feel special and at home. We are always interested in suggestions or ideas on how to improve our services.
“We have a liquor license coming, so mimosas and other adult beverages are in the works.”
Little Griddle is open daily except Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 503-752-7956 or visit www.instagram.com/littlegriddlepdx.