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Winter 2015 Newsletter
What Do Carmen, Kurt Elling, Italian Design & Cinderella All Have in Common? Answer: Nel Centro
February is a scorching hot month for all things artistic in downtown Portland. The 11th Annual Portland Jazz Festival and the Portland Art Museum’s “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” coincide to energize the city with world class music and thought-provoking design. The Portland Opera also performs a lush version of Bizet’s Carmen while Oregon Ballet Theatre and Broadway Across America Series wrap up February in dueling fashion with Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Almost forgot to mention Smokey Robinson is performing with the Oregon Symphony on Valentine’s Day.
Nel Centro is at the heartbeat of these wonderful shows and is the perfect place to enjoy happy hour or dinner before a performance. Celebrate and treat your loved one to a night on the town with dinner at Nel Centro followed by a romantic night at the Ballet or the Opera. Or swing by afterwards for cocktails, dessert and live jazz. We are centrally located between the Keller Auditorium, The PCPA, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall & PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall. Valet park at the adjacent Hotel Modera and all theaters are a short walk from the restaurant. Make planning easy and focus your festivities downtown – in the center of it all. Make your reservation today.
From Portland Opera: “SULTRY, SWEET & SPICY”
“That’s what Nel Centro is calling their newest creation, the Carmen Cocktail, created in honor of our production. It’s made with Burnside Bourbon, cherry almond liqueur, Crème de Cacao, and a dash of cayenne. Try one out before or after the performance! Nel Centro is our Featured Restaurant Partner.”
11th Annual Portland Jazz Festival
A longtime sponsor of the Portland Jazz Festival, Nel Centro is also one of the festival’s venues. Shows are free and open to all ages with no minimum food or drink purchase required.
Friday 2/20, 9 pm till 12 am
Mike Pardew, Jeff Leonard & Todd Strait
Saturday 2/21, 9 pm till 12 am
Mike Pardew, Jeff Leonard & Randy Rollofson
Thursday 2/26, 9 pm till 11 pm
Chance Hayden, Michael Raynor & Dave Captein
Friday 2/27, 9 pm till 12 am
Mike Pardew, Dave Captein & Dave Averre
Saturday 2/28, 9 pm till 12 am
Mike Pardew, Dave Captein & Randy Rollofson
Jazz Up Your Sunday Brunch
Making our regular Sunday brunch even more exciting, the Jazz Festival comes to Nel Centro on Sunday February 22nd and Sunday March 1st. Experience the jazz stylings of pianist Dan Gaynor with Bill Athens & Michael Raynor from 11 am till 1 pm on February 22nd and guitarist Dan Balmer with his latin trio, Caminhos Cruzados on March 1st from 10 am until 1 pm while enjoying a mimosa, Caffe Umbria cappuccino, and a delicious selection of sweet and savory dishes. Make your reservations today.
We Are Opening on the Eastside – Coming Soon to the Hotel Eastlund
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the new restaurant projects in the stunningly remodeled Hotel Eastlund are still on schedule. Perhaps you have driven by the Oregon Convention Center recently and noticed a major remodel of the once-revered Cosmopolitan Hotel and its famous rooftop dining venue, Top of the Cosmo? May 1, 2015 should see the opening of Citizen Baker, our ground floor bakery, cafe and wine bar. A week to ten days later should mark the opening of the top floor, beer-centric restaurant, Altabira City Tavern. The restaurant will feature American Regional cuisine in a dramatic top floor setting with sweeping views of downtown, the river and the West Hills. We think the rooftop patio with fire pits will be the only patio in town to rival Nel Centro’s.
(architectural drawing of Altabira and Citizen Baker by Holst Architecture)
1408 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Tel: (510) 123-4567