Red Star Reservations

Red Star Tavern
503 S.W. Alder Street
Portland , OR 97204
Phone: 503.222.0005
Fax: 503.417.3334
Adjacent to Hotel Monaco Portland

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Red Star Tavern Chef Kyle Rourke

Red Star Executive Chef Kyle Rourke started his cooking career at age fifteen, as a dishwasher at a restaurant on the Jersey Shore. Though the work wasn't glamorous he was hooked.

After a few more working summers he eventually moved up to prep cook and joined Red Star Tavern in 2007 as a line cook. Just nine months later he was promoted to sous chef, and then Executive Chef in 2011. He has been an integral member of the staff overseeing Red star's evolution into the restaurant it is today.

"I am very excited to call Portland my home and to oversee the Red Star kitchen and team," said Chef Rourke. "Portland is such a great food-lovers town and I am so privileged to be able to bring the best food the northwest has to offer right to our tables."

Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Chef Rourke has worn many hats in this industry. From dishwasher to prep cook to grill cook to pizzeria owner he now brings his skill and expertise to his new role as executive chef. A graduate of San Diego State University, Rourke's resume covers many cities, including the Jersey Shore, Long Beach and San Diego.

Rourke brings a commitment to local ingredients, a long-term relationship with Portland area farmers and purveyors and an expanded menu to satisfy the palates of meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

When he's not in the kitchen, Rourke enjoys playing loud music, searching for the perfect IPA and watching any Philly sports team.

 

Red Star Tavern Head Bartender Brandon Lockman

Bartender Brandon Lockman was born with the restaurant business in his blood. As a small child he would watch his father bake before breakfast service started at the family's restaurant on the Oregon coast. Later, along with his brother, he would be tasked with washing dishes, a task that would eventually serve him well.

While attending Portland State University and studying graphic design, Brandon got a job as a busser at Red Star to help pay the bills. When a job opened up behind the bar, and a co-worker encouraged him to take it... he was hooked. That was back in 2004. He never left.

"It's become a passion of mine to master old techniques and seek out new ones. It keeps me on my toes and I love reintroducing my guests to forgotten cocktails, as well as showing them some of my latest and greatest creations."

He is partial to American whiskies, ryes and bourbons, fitting for a bartender at a bar that prides itself on one of the biggest whiskey selections in town.

When he's not crafting cocktails, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife and family, and his dog Beans.