Modernist plant-based restaurant Farm Spirit has spawned a rebellious little brother in Fermenter, a 4-seat casual counter spot opening for lunch Friday, July 26th at Farm Spirit’s former location, 1414 SE Morrison in Portland, Ore. The restaurant initially will be open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with hours to expand in the coming months.
Fermenter is a stand-alone restaurant as well as an innovation lab and prep hub for Farm Spirit restaurant, which moved around the corner to 1403 SE Belmont St. in January. Devoted to all things cultured, brewed, preserved and probiotic, the micro-restaurant will serve an ever-changing plant-based menu sourced from farms and markets within the restaurant’s immediate region. The space will offer a limited menu with two options: “For Here” and “Take Away.”
With Fermenter, Adams’ ultimate goal is to develop a blueprint for a sustainable micro-restaurant that provides nourishing, inexpensive plant-based meals with as little environmental impact as possible. Still sourcing ingredients from within 105 miles of the restaurant, Fermenter will use refundable-deposit food containers and glass jars, as well as sell stainless steel mugs, and thermoses. On a personal level, Fermenter represents an opportunity for unharnessed culinary and individual expression for Adams. A detailed manifesto spells out his intentions on the website and the front doors of the establishment.