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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 Sandy.”

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 the virus.

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 trio.

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 online orders.

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 503-563-7707.

By Ben Simpson/MT

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