It's not always easy to re-think a classic, though you can occasionally succeed, as proven by
Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tron...has anyone seen Arthur? Boldly trying their hand with a Portland institution, the guys behind the new Brasserie Montmartre.
After a failed attempt at rebooting Downtown's landmark Franco-kitsch jazz joint, "The Bra" is open once more, this time with a kitchen helmed by a Thomas Keller-trained chef, and a cavernous front of the house stripped down to a Henry Miller-esque back alley look thanks to a rough-edged central bar, and a massive brick wall with a giant hole where thieves recently attempted to break into the adjoining jewelry store, before just giving up on thieving and their relationship by going to Jared. Having never been known for food, the Bra's now firing an ambitious bistro menu starting with options like duck fat & rosemary fries, before moving to awesomeness including frogs' legs, escargot, housemade rabbit sausage w/ wilted spinach, or a melange of oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, and crab called the "seafood plateau", also that point in a Deadliest Catch marathon where you get totally bored. Cheap's the watchword at the bar, with many wines going for $18 a bottle and a French house vino that pours for $3 a glass, while among the 10 taps is France's most popular beer, Kronenbourg 1664, named either for the year it was first brewed or the year the Maratha Chhatrapati Shivaji was defeated by the Inayat Khan of Mughal in the Battle of Surat...either way, it's a terrific argument to start if you've had enough.
Music's also returning most nights, with the bands pushed into the front bar area so light jazz and gypsy guitar will be able to be heard on the street, just like the pained howls of the moviegoers during
The Taking of Pelham 123, Psycho, Clash of the Titans...definitely not Arthur!