Summer Lovin’

The pop-up romance with Lil’ Wares’ General Tso sandwich will be short but intense.

Food Reviews & Stories
Like a new love born at Coachella, Lil’ Wares was never meant to last. Consider it a summer fling, equal parts exciting and doomed. When the quaint Red Fig restaurant closed down this spring on No   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Smallwares' Johanna Ware Plans Summer Lunch Spot, Lil Wares

The space will open in June, and go on at least through the summer.


Smallwares' Johanna Ware will open a second restaurant on Northeast Fremont Street this summer. Wether it stays open after that is an open question.Ware plans a casual lunchtime, event space and patio spot called Lil Wares in the old Red Fig space on 4537 NE Fremont St., starting at the end of May. It'll be just two doors down from Smallwares, the "inauthentic Asian restaurant" we named our restaurant ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fresh Meat: Smallwares Chef Johanna Ware

Ware is on the hunt for a Portland sandwich she won’t throw across the room.


Fresh meat
Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepare properly. This week Miller talks with Smallwares chef and owner Johanna Ware, who is originally from Chicago.  Sitting down with Johanna Ware in her Beaumont restaurant Smallwares ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 AMY MILLER

Restaurant Guide 2012: Smallwares, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Restaurant Guide
Life on the food frontier can be rugged and lonely. Ask Johanna Ware. As a child in Chicago, Ware remembers the quizzical reaction to the “crazy lunches” packed by a mother “who cooked her w   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Barwares: Ware It Well

Bar Reviews
Barwares (4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, exists only because of an architectural fluke. Chef Johanna Ware’s Asian-leaning restaurant, Smallwares, needs a bar the same si   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR


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