Nicolle Dirks and Jose “Pepe” Arancibia ran a vegan bar in Pepe’s hometown Valparaiso, Chile before moving to Portland and bringing their experience with them. Epif offers a twist on the traditionally meat-heavy South American dishes by making them vegan. With options inspired by the Andes region of South America ranging from vegan cheesy chive empanadas to chocolate canela cheesecake, even non-vegans and vegetarians alike can enjoy Epif. Epif also offers a wide range of Pisco cocktails and mock-tails.

Fun fact: Epif’s bar top is made from skateboard remnants, the four tabletops were brought from Nicolle and Pepe’s bar in Chile, and the front door was bought in Peru by Nicolle’s parents.

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Nicolle Dirks and Jose "Pepe" Arancibia

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