Lamesauce: Due to some OLCC red tape, Tanuki — the izakaya and drinking den that closed its NW location with plans to move to NE MLK — will not be occupying the space that once housed Belly restaurant, as originally planned. "Tanuki will not be opening in the Belly location on MLK, having been turned down for a change of ownership/temporary OLCC license," chef/owner Janis Martin says. "We are still actively seeking new locations."
In the meantime, Martin will set up shop in the downtown culinary incubator KitchenCru (whose owner Michael Madigan happens to be a longtime Tanuki regular), serving a series of lunches and happy hours on July 13-16 and July 20-21, from noon until 6pm. Expect happy hour faves like the kimcheezesteak sandwich, tsukune burger, and noodles on the menu, in addition to a few new items like yangnyeom dak (Korean fried chicken) and Dak Bal (crispy spicy chicken paws). "Having access to an actual kitchen, I'll be doing a lot of things we couldn't do before," Martin says. Also in the works: Kimchi available for purchase.
· Tanuki [Official site]
· All Previous Tanuki Coverage [Eater PDX]
Image of Tanuki courtesy eyeliam via Flickr