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A "Box Social" Bar, St. Johns Distillery, and Alberta Bottleshop

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This is the Plywood Report, where we fill you in on what's coming up in food (or in this case, drink). See anything happening in your neighborhood? Let us know.

N. WILLIAMS: The O reports that Sapphire Hotel co-owner Shannon McQuilkin is behind the Box Social, a 1,000-square-foot bar slated to open on the same N. Williams block that welcomed Hopworks' BikeBar earlier this year. Projected opening: late 2011. [OregonLive]

ST. JOHNS: According to WWeek, the folks behind St. Johns neighborhood spot Cathedral Park Kitchen have applied for an OLCC license to open a distillery in the same building. It'll be called Pure Lush Spirits, which sound like our kind of spirits, really. [WWeek]

ALBERTA: A tipster reports signage for a "pizzeria and bottle shop" in the same NE Alberta building that will soon house Salt & Straw's brick-and-mortar location. A cursory interweb search for Rue Via Chicago, the name on the signage, yields little, so if you've got the scoop, holler. [EaterWire]

UPDATE: The spot's called Via Chicago, which means it might be related to the farmer's market spot of the same name. More info as it becomes available...

Image of the Sapphire Hotel courtesy Lenny B. via Yelp

Via Chicago

2013 Northeast Alberta Street, , OR 97211 (503) 719-6809 Visit Website

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