After moving to its own standalone site in 2020, Flying Fish Company is poised to expand again.
Owner Lyf Gildersleeve is adding a food cart to the restaurant/market patio at 3004 E Burnside St. called ChefShack, which is set to begin feeding seafood-loving customers on Saturday, January 22.
The new cuisine is intended to complement the existing menu of cod, rainbow trout and salmon in everything from tacos to sandwiches to burgers, as well as the popular daily selection of shucked oysters. And in an unusual move, there will be a rotating cast of people at the helm of the outdoor kitchen, the first of which is Trever Gilbert (formerly of Departure and RingSide Fish House).
Its streamlined initial list of offerings includes ceviche, glass noodle salad, grilled carrots in yellow curry with cashews, charcoal-grilled oysters, and arroz con coco, a sweet rice dish. gooey, raisins, peppers and chocolate.
February’s list of guest chefs who will remain in the shack so far include Maylin Chavez of the Olympia Oyster Bar and Doug Adams, best known for his stints at Bullard and Imperial.
Gildersleeve made a name for himself as one of the city’s top seafood purveyors, first in 2011 at the Fish Shack on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, then inside Providore Fine Foods before moving the business at its current location. The upgrade allowed it to expand the menu of dining options while offering customers a wide selection of fresh, high-quality seafood for take-out preparation.
The January 22 grand opening party for ChefShack begins at 1 p.m., with live music on the covered, heated patio beginning at 4:30 p.m. Attendees will be rewarded with a free house-smoked salmon with every purchase.
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