Yet another post that supports my theory that great food and great light fixtures go together. This time, at Olympic Provisions.
This restaurant/deli with European flair also happens to be a USDA certified meat-curing facility, located in Portland’s historic Central Eastside Industrial neighborhood.
So, we were delighted to discover several of our industrial-inspired Wileys hanging out at the bar, looking right at home. If you don’t know the Wiley’s story, you should. The Wiley was originally a hand-held ‘trouble’ light — the kind that was used for poking around unlit barns and garages at the turn of the 20th century.
We’re think this light is very cool for many reasons, but here are two:
1) We didn’t think you could make something that was originally a hand-held light without paying a lot of attention to the handle. Ours is sustainably-grown American oak, hand-burnished to a rich luster.
2) There are two wire cage options for the Wiley: the bell and the daisy. The bell is immediately recognizable as such, but the daisy is a little more coy. It looks like a daisy with its petals tucked in, but turn them out and – what do you know – DAISY. Who knew lights could be this much fun…
At Olympic Provisions, you can actually feel good about eating sausage. For most people, sausage is the kind of food you don’t want to over-think. But at Olympic Provisions, everything is so nice and hip and clean that you can revel in your sausage eating experience. No greasy grills here! (OK, so maybe not the first choice to take that visiting vegan friend, but for everyone else…)
The restaurant and the meat curing facility are both located in the historic Olympic Mills Commerce Center, a beautifully restored cereal mill and a landmark in Portland’s lower Southeast Industrial neighborhood. So go. Or make your own space feel as industrially cool as this by ordering up the Wiley.