I stopped in at Copper Onion for lunch today–I knew what I wanted before I got there. I ate an all-green lunch. Arugula salad and fettucine dressed in a creamy leek sauce, accompanied by a glass of Carol Shelton's "Coquille." 

Perfect. 

Turns out chef-owner Ryan Lowder was in the house, so we walked next door to see how his next project, Copper Common_a true 21 and over bar, but with real food, of course–is coming along. It's supposed to have a soft opening this weekend. 

I'm still holding the late Plum Alley's duck confit buns in a corner of my mind, but I have to admit that Copper Common looks like it's going to be terrific.

Okay, well, it doesn't LOOK terrific yet, but Rachel Hodson, who made Plum Alley so charming and who re-configured Copper Onion, is in charge of the design and her eye is pretty close to perfect, evident in details already visible– milk-glass beehive lighting, black beadboard ceiling, a long bar and industrial window wall. 

I'll be checking it out soon. Stay tuned.