Nick Arnerich talks Project Grace, his upcoming Italian restaurant

Mar 13, 2014 499

by Samantha Bakall

For the past three months, a small Southeast Portland pop-up called Project Grace has quietly produced some of the most intriguing new Italian food in Portland. Now, that pop-up is gearing up for the next step. By early fall, Project Grace will transform into Renata, a 110 seat, 3,000-square-foot Italian restaurant with a specialty market and in-house urban creamery.

Owners Nick and Sandra Arnerich bring a sterling resume to the project. Nick, a Portland native, got his start at Northwest Portland's Wildwood then worked his way up from expeditor to maître d'hotel over six years at The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. before running restaurants in San Francisco's Delfina Restaurant Group. Sandra also worked as an expeditor at The French Laundry, where the couple met, then helped open Benu, also in San Francisco.

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