|Sandy has its new ‘Happy’ place posted on 06/01/2020|
Owner Brie Escalante noted the second location of her Le
Happy restaurant, a creperie and bar in Sandy and located at 38687 Proctor
Blvd., had a busy week after opening on March 8.
“People were excited to have a new concept on the mountain,”
Escalante said. “We’re excited to be here. We think we’re a nice addition to
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Kate Brown shuttered
all restaurants and bars in Oregon March 16, the Monday after Le Happy’s
official opening. The temporary closure of the restaurant’s bar and dining room
paused the momentum of the new restaurant and has forced the Escalantes to
operate as take-out only while the community has sheltered in place to avoid
Now Escalante states her family is “not trying to rush it,”
as the governor begins reopening restaurants for limited dining. She is
cautiously coming up with a plan to reopen the restaurant’s dining room to the
public and will continue to offer take out until the time is right to welcome
back eager Mount Hood residents.
Le Happy opened its first location in Northwest Portland in
2000, while Brie and her husband, Juan, purchased the restaurant in 2015. The pair have lived in Sandy for 16 years
since moving to the region in 2004.
“We always had our intention to open closer to home,” Brie
stated about the decision to open a second location in Sandy. “It’s definitely
our hometown. All our friends and family are here.”
Both locations offer a European-style selection of savory
and sweet crepes and a sophisticated array of craft cocktails. The menu
features a variety of house salads, a top sirloin served with Maison salad and
gorgonzola crepe called “Le Steak” and house-made meatballs in a savory sauce
Craft cocktails include “Le Rouge Belle,” described on the
menu as a “delicious and dreamy pureed raspberry-lime kamikaze” and “My One and
Only,” a maraschino cherry and vanilla vodka dry martini.
Escalante said that there are plans to expand the menu for
the Sandy location due to the larger kitchen on premises.
Currently the Portland location is closed, and the Sandy
location offers the full menu to-go available on the restaurant’s website for
The Escalantes are planning for the reopening of both
restaurants with a focus on providing appropriate personal protective equipment
for staff and a safely sanitized dining environment for guests.
“Health and safety have always been a priority of ours.
We’ve always maintained a hundred percent score with the health department and
we’re happy to continue that,” Escalante said.
Escalante stated the restaurant had trained a great staff
and that she was happy to be able to provide jobs in the community once the
time comes to reopen.
“We’re primarily a family-run business, and we appreciate
all the business during this time. We want to send a big thank you for trying
out a new cuisine and supporting us,” Escalante said about the positive support
from the community.
Current information about the status of the restaurant,
including menus and hours of operation, are updated daily on the restaurant’s
webpage at https://lehappy.com. The Sandy location can be reached by phone at
By Ben Simpson/MT