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Sarah Kirwin & Sonja Aicher
Joe & Yvette both grew up in the fine dining restaurant industry and have worked with great chefs & employees in not only their home state New Mexico, but also here in Portland. Joe’s family moved to Oregon in 1978 where Joe grew up and attended Oregon City high school. After some time away from Oregon, Joe met Yvette in New Mexico where they worked in the Santa Fe restaurant scene. In 1995, they moved back to Oregon & bought Joe’s childhood home where they raised their two kids Cruz & Sarah and have been in the neighborhood ever since.
Joe & Yvette have over 55 years of experience working with food, wine & restaurant development. With Joe’s extensive knowledge in wine & service and Yvette’s expertise in fine dining cuisine, the two were able to join forces to open Nebbiolo serving a handpicked wine selection as well as, fresh, innovative local flavors to Oregon City.
Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bar began development during the spring of 2012 when the aspiring restaurant owners Joe & Yvette Kirwin returned from a month long trip in Italy. After indulging in the Italian way of life, the couple decided to begin the hunt to find a space & open their very first restaurant.
Eventually, after many months of planning & idea development, Joe found a corner space on the corner of 8th & Main Street in Downtown Oregon City. What used to be a corner showroom in the Busch’s Furniture Store was renovated into Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bar. During renovations we discovered the awesome wood floors & the original brick walls that were built here in 1895.
Creating Nebbiolo was not just a matter of uncovering the history of the space in the wood & brick, but also a project in creating a warm & welcoming environment. So Joe & Yvette gathered up the family, and with an incredible amount of effort & creativity, the restaurant began to unfold; sons, daughters, uncles, aunts and grandparents all pitched in their talents with carpentry, painting, pottery, and menu development. All that was left to do was to fill the space with food, wine, spirits, beers, tables, chairs & soon, customers.
The restaurant was completed in May 2013, and with a line out the door, Nebbiolo was officially open for business on June 1, 2013 serving sophisticated comfort food & drink to the wonderful people of Oregon City.