Mary Scott Hardaway
Caviar with all the fixins
Last night we got a sneak peek of Tradd and Weesie Newton's takeover of the old Cypress space. Until now, few details had been revealed about Tradd's, except that it would be a "modern American eatery" with a completely renovated interior.
The new take on the familiar space at East Bay and Queen streets features a custom mural depicting the couple and their friends living it up, a crisp updated interior complete with full-fledged Champagne bar, of course, to compliment the new restaurant's caviar offerings. From our look last night, let's just say the reno took.
Snacking on lump crab with avocado puree and sipping on Planter's Punch (strong), Tradd's hosted a cavalcade of local 'influencers,' media, F&B-ers, and plenty a few folks who have their own Champagne bars at home to compare to.
The space is certainly glam, with mirrored bars, marble countertops, white tablecloths, and even a leopard print banquette. It's also cozy, with fresh flowers, exposed brick and high-backed single chair booths that set the scene for a romantic date night.
In a departure from the two-story setup at Cypress, Tradd's has moved everything downstairs. With space around the bar separated from the dining room by an open-paneled wall. The reworked configuration makes the restaurant feel like several outings in one — pre-dinner cocktails, bottle service at the leopard banquette, then post-dinner Champagne bar shenanigans. Sign me up. (The upstairs will be used as an events space.)
We'll be sharing all of Tradd's menu deets on Mon. Oct. 15 (when they officially open), but we got a taste of several apps last night that one can assume will appear on plates: that lump crab, fluffy blinis with caviar and creme fraiche, oysters on the half-shell, jumbo cocktail shrimp, sweet and savory bruschetta bites, and colorful crudité. On Wednesday, bartenders were pouring glasses of Willamette Valley pinot, a crisp Albarino, prosecco, and pineapple and that orange studded Planter's Punch.