Chef-owner David Machado has been synonymous since 2003 with upscale neighborhood restaurants on the east side of Portland, Ore. But this month he returns to his downtown roots with the opening of Nel Centro in the 175-room Hotel Modera.Prior to opening the Mediterranean-themed Lauro Kitchen on Portland’s east side, Machado spent five years with The Heathman Group and nine years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.Success at 65-seat Lauro Kitchen, where annual sales climbed to $1.2 million, ...

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