Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan, owners of Cong Tu Bot, have leased the former Pat’s Pizza location at 30 Market Street where they will open a second restaurant. LIDO’S 2 (instagram) will be a 60-70 seat restaurant centered on communal/family-style dining serving an Asian food and beverage menu.
The dining room (second floor) will have both bar and booth seating with some tables set up with lazy susans for easy sharing of dishes among diners. Along with the kitchen, the ground floor will have a checkout counter to facilitate take-out pick-up from LIDO’S 2. For now Sheahan and Dobui will use the top floor for offices but the longer term plan is to convert it to an event space.
The name of the business was inspired by Dobui’s memories of Lido’s Nightclub in his hometown of San Jose, California. Through a series of concept shifts Lido’s 1.0 became the favorite bar for an eclectic mix of communities including Mexican cowboys, Vietnamese ballroom dancers and drag queens. While the Portland context is different, Dobui hopes his Lido’s can also be a home to a similarly unexpected mix of peoples, and one that can create an inclusive and welcoming Old Port space for Portland’s queer community.
Sheahan and Dobui hope to open LIDO’S 2 this year.
Cong Tu Bot was founded in 2017. Dobui was a James Beard Awards nominee in the Best Chef: Northeast category in 2020 and 2022. The New York Times included it in their 2021 list of the 50 restaurants they were “most excited about right now”.
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