Photo: Rae’s Lakeview Lounge, the site of the future Impala.
A California Mexican bar is taking over the former Rae’s Lakeview Lounge space in Northwest Portland, Oregon, serving everything from taquitos to mezcal. Impala, from the team behind the Triple Lindy, will specialize in the assimilation Mexican food found throughout Southern California, on which co-owner Mike Miller grew up. “It’s going to be Southern California Mexican — A mix of Mexican American things, taquitos, carne asada fries, as well as tacos, quesadillas, as well as burgers,” he says. “It’s that Chicano, drive-in culture, where you can get tacos and burgers at the same place.”