March 31, 2019


Popular Dundee eatery expands into upscale McMinnville hotel

The Red Hills Kitchen, which opened this month at the Atticus Hotel, is a spinoff of the Red Hills Market in nearby Dundee

A popular Dundee restaurant and market has expanded into McMinnville, opening a new eatery in Atticus Hotel.

The Red Hills Kitchen, a rustic-style restaurant that has a menu expanded from its sibling Red Hills Market in Dundee, opened this month, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. Both locations are owned by Jody Kropf, head chef at the Red Hills Kitchen.

The Red Hills Kitchen also has a bar, serving hand-crafted cocktails, drinks and small plate orders available in the Atticus Hotel lobby and the hotel's "hidden drawing room" The restaurant will also provide room service for guests.

According to a press release, the restaurant's menu revolves around "a Spanish, charcoal-burning Josper oven." Guests and diners can also expect family-style offerings with a seasonal focus.

"We're thrilled to get underway and couldn't have picked a better location for a second spot than the Atticus Hotel," Kropf said. "Better still, we get to launch with spring right around the corner. The valley is about to come to life with all kinds of exciting ingredients that we can't wait to get our hands on."

The restaurant also has a wine program, which its website said "will be focused on the bounty of Oregon with help and guidance from the best sources available: Willamette Valley winemakers."

Eric Stephenson, co-owner of the Atticus Hotel, said Red Hills Kitchen will fit with the community sense of the hotel.

"In this sense, Jody and his team are a perfect match, deeply embedded in the Willamette Valley and the many wonders it affords to brighten culinary minds," he said.

The 36-room Atticus Hotel, which bills itself as "Willamette Valley's only boutique luxury lifestyle hotel," opened in April 2017. It was named the top wine country hotel in the nation by USA Today.

Kropf, who worked at the Heathman Restaurant in Portland before launching Red Hills Market, praised McMinnville for having "one of the best food scenes in the Northwest and we're proud to now be a part of that.

"To have so much great produce – not to mention wine and beer – within a short radius of town is a blessing and one we love to share with followers."