Lone Wolf Watering Hole: Crafting Community and Connection in Portland’s South Waterfront

Lone Wolf also plans to offer a bottle shop option for customers to enjoy on or off-site.
Lone Wolf Watering Hole: Crafting Community and Connection in Portland's South Waterfront
Photo: Official

According to a recent permit filing, Lone Wolf Watering Hole is slated to open in the South Waterfront area at 3820 S River Parkway.

Sign up now to get our Daily Breaking News Alerts

Opt out at anytime

“We will be opening Lone Wolf in the summer of this year, with a warm and friendly, dog-welcomed environment striving to bring a sense of community. Lone Wolf Watering Hole will be a taproom and bottle shop offering 22 frequently rotating craft beverages (beer, cider, seltzer, wine) that will attempt to have different options you will not find at other locations. Various savory snacks will be available as well and you will be more than welcome to bring your food,” the owner, Jerry Differding, told What Now Portland.

“Additionally, there will be pop-ups and food cart events. Aesthetically, the concept will incorporate a sustainable, biophilic design with natural colors. There will be a lot of natural light, plants, murals, and a fireplace – all trying to evoke nature and incorporate the beauty that is mere steps outside the doors. Occasionally live music from singer-songwriter artists will perform in the taproom. When there are no performances, music / musical events will be streamed overhead.”

“A few televisions will be dispersed around the premise allowing guests to enjoy the big game or other important happenings in the world. Other fun events will include lecture series, brewer’s nights, bingo, trivia, art classes, Vegas night, etc. Upon opening, day-to-day operations will be overseen by a good friend of mine, Chris Maris, who will be moving up from the “other” craft beverage capital, San Diego, as well as myself.”

“The history and dream stem back to the early 90s from when I worked in the hospitality industry during my college years and fell in love with engaging with people and the concept of craft beverages.  I was always that guy when everyone else was enjoying a Miller or Budweiser to be drinking Harp Lager, Bass Pale Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen, Labatt’s Blue, Rolling Rock, Fosters, or on the rare occasion Pliny the Elder.”

“After college, I transitioned out of the hospitality industry into clinical research. I was very fortunate to spend almost 30 years in the field of research and involved in some amazing discoveries and projects. All the while though thinking about the day that I would be able to open my place to welcome people in to share stories, celebrate, enjoy one another’s company, unwind after a long day, and most importantly, raise a glass in honor of all the great things this world has to offer.”

“During the pandemic, while spending a lot of time in the hospital with my amazing research team, I decided that it was now or never to pursue my passion and dream of owning my own taproom. So, in the summer of 2022, I started the search for where I would hope to open Lone Wolf Watering Hole. A lot of searching and looking at properties ensued. I had one location in mind that whole time, however, it was just an issue if the right space would become available.”

“That place was the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland.  I have always had a love for this area of Portland. Working at OHSU I had a birds-eye view of the development of the district starting in 2004 and ultimately was able to call the neighborhood home in 2008 when I moved into Atwater Place.”

“Over the years, work took me away from the district, but I was always drawn back. Now I hope that the opening of Lone Wolf Watering Hole will bring others to the South Waterfront district and see all the greatness it has to offer. The patio is only a few steps off of Willamette Greenway.”

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger is a writer, editor, and marketing collaborator with experience ranging from grant writing, screenwriting, SEO, content writing, and more. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with multiple honors accreditations as a first-generation college student. You can find her in a local thrift shop or plant store, creating music, or going to one of her favorite band’s concerts when she is not behind the keyboard furiously typing away.
Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger is a writer, editor, and marketing collaborator with experience ranging from grant writing, screenwriting, SEO, content writing, and more. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with multiple honors accreditations as a first-generation college student. You can find her in a local thrift shop or plant store, creating music, or going to one of her favorite band’s concerts when she is not behind the keyboard furiously typing away.
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
Search