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The Skanner News
Published: 24 December 2012

Frank Taylor, (l) and Paul Keeler are partners in Portland Prime. Now they are opening Quartet, Feb. 8, on the South Waterfront

Portland restaurateur Frank Taylor's newest venture, Quartet, will open Feb. 8.  Based at 1910 S.W. River Drive, on Portland's Southwest waterfront, Quartet's menu will be based on contemporary, seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine with a Southern touch. The wine and beverage list will draw from the Pacific Northwest's wines, brews and spirits. Happy hour will start at 3 p.m. daily, with dinner at 5 p.m. seven days a week.

"Quartet is a combination of hospitality, cuisine, music and lively, friendly ambiance," Taylor says. " It will be a casual, affordable waterfront dining destination in an elegant, one of a kind waterfront setting."

Quartet is redesigning the space formerly occupied by Lucier. A new bar will feature a a baby grand piano, a new entrance door, and remodeled interior architecture. The redesign aims to preserve some of the beautiful features of the original Lucier design, but adding a more open, energetic ambiance.  Entertainment will include live piano music performed by local and national artists.

Greg Gonzales the general manager, is a 25-year veteran of Portland's restaurant community. Gonzales comes to Quartet from El Gaucho, where he was manager for the past 10 years. Gonzales has also served as manager for the Esplanade at RiverPlace Hotel, and as opening manager for Mortons.

A search for an executive chef is underway, with an announcement planned by end of the year.

Quartet will be giving back to Portland even before it opens, with a special benefit fundraiser planned for Self Enhancement, Inc., which will feature a Grammy award winning, international entertainer.
Quartet is owned and managed by Keeler Hospitality Restaurant Group.

Parking will be available at an adjacent 200-car lot, or by valet. At 7,657 square feet, the restaurant seats 214 inside and on the patio overlooking the Willamette River. Private parties can reserve a 24-seat secluded dining area with adjacent patio.

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