Why did a Michelin-recognized Spanish restaurant choose to open in Portland?

Can Font, the Michelin-recognized restaurant 45 minutes outside of Barcelona, is a rustic destination with multiple indoor and outdoor gathering areas built for birthdays, weddings and major anniversaries.

And starting this month, it’s the latest — and perhaps most surprising — out-of-town restaurant to open a second location in Portland, joining outposts from famed hotspots in Seattle (Revelry) and San Francisco (Jackrabbit) with a 60-seat dining room at the base of a glass and concrete Pearl District condo.

The restaurant opens just in time to participate in a pair of major Spanish food festivals landing in Portland in the coming months, starting with a week of special events around World Tapas Day on June 15.

While Portland might seem like an odd choice for a legacy Catalonian restaurant, real-estate broker Vladimir Zaharchook, the restaurant’s managing partner, said chef-owner Josep Vidal fell in love with the city for the same reason many chefs do.

“Josep

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