Introducing the newly renovated bar and restaurant at Hotel Eastlund. Offering hand-crafted cocktails and an inventive food menu in a modern yet casual setting. Come enjoy sweeping city views of downtown Portland and both sides of the Willamette, while enjoying a drink or a meal with friends!
Metropolitan Tavern offers inventive shareable plates as well as wood fired, hand stretched artisan pizzas, and well thought out entrees and sides in a modern yet casual setting. Met Tavern features 16 tap handles of local craft beers, plus select European and Northwest wines and handcrafted cocktails utilizing locally distilled spirits.
The Met Tavern is part of Urban Restaurant Group, a locally owned restaurant, catering, and venue events company by husband and wife; Mark and Carla Byrum.
Chef Aaron Franco has always loved food. With seventeen years of chef experience, this culinary passion began early on in childhood as he gravitated towards his family’s kitchen. Watching his father cook, Aaron was exposed to Italian, French, and Latin cuisine in an authentic home cooking environment. His curiosity of the process grew and so did the desire to learn how to cook himself. Recognizing this, Aaron’s father took him under his wing, mentoring him to cook from the heart and challenging him daily to grow his culinary skills and palate.
From a big family, Aaron describes “lots of love in the household growing up” and he happily took on the role of cooking for his siblings after school. Spending quality time with family remains an integral part of his life.
Outside of his culinary talent, writing is Aaron’s second passion. With his first cookbook released in late December 2021, Chef Aaron Franco is very excited to share his passion with others.
He also loves to travel and seek new challenges. That same curious mentality from his youth was inherent to his later culinary pursuits:
“I traveled multiple countries alone, asking local restaurants if I could help in the kitchen and learn. This gave me Chef comrades around the globe that I still keep in touch with today.”
Through the years, that enjoyment Chef Aaron Franco first felt in the kitchen has grown into an incredible talent for crafting fine food for everyday dining. Metropolitan Tavern is lucky to have him as our Executive Chef!
Fun Fact: “I cooked for Jeff Daniels and his band the day after buying Dumb and Dumber bobbleheads for my desk and rewatching 101 Dalmatians… Weird I know. “
Perched on the top floor of the Eastlund Hotel, The Metropolitan Tavern offers sweeping views of both sides of the Willamette.
3pm – 6pm and 9pm – close