US: The ground-floor restaurant inside The Hoxton Portland is being revamped.
Lovely Rita has opened at the Old Town boutique hotel, replacing La Neta, which opened in the same space a little under a year ago.
Chef Johnny Leach will remain in his executive position, but the menu has been redesigned, changing from upscale Mexican fare in order to make way for Pacific Northwest-influenced bistro food, including grain bowls, a Dungeness crab sandwich and Kusshi oysters with melon mignonette.
The restaurant, operated by the hospitality group behind Ava Gene’s and Tusk, will also have more sofas and chairs as well as grab-and-go counter service. The hotel also features Leach’s taqueria, Tope, on the top floor as well as American-Chinese food in the basement bar, both of which remain unchanged as La Neta is revamped.