Step into Lion and Owl Brunch, a new food truck located on 5th and Washington, and immediately smile. Lion and Owl is in a converted sleek, silver 1977 Airstream that owner Kristen Hansen calls a “land shark.” The truck began its life in Portland, as Lebaneser Scrooge, a food truck open daily from 4:20 to 4:20 (Why? — Because Portland!)
“Maybe it was the 4:20 thing,” Hansen says, but Lebaneser Scrooge didn’t work out and the Airstream fell into disuse. Eventually Hansen and her wife, business partner and head chef Crystal Platt, rescued the beached shark, bringing it to Eugene.
Hansen says she and Platt met at Marché, where they spent 10 years. Hansen’s passion is for wine and champagne — what would a brunch place be without mimosas? And Platt’s passion is for food.
The couple honeymooned in Europe, exploring a whole new world of breakfast and brunch options. “We’re so stuck here,” Hansen says, recalling that when she and Platt spoke of planning a brunch place, everyone asked: “So, biscuits and gravy?
“No,” was Hansen’s reply. And Platt doesn’t understand why so many consider breakfast and brunch a chore of a meal. “There’s so much to showcase,” she adds, referring to her menu of small but satisfying plates, featuring everything from fiddlehead ferns to morel mushrooms to crayfish.