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On Plundered Pork Rinds and Plungers at Grain & Gristle

Welcome back to Shit People Steal, in which we ask chefs and restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.

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When opening his NE Prescott bar Grain & Gristle a year ago, chef/owner Ben Meyer had items he expected to go missing — like mason jars, decorative gourds, and jars from the spot's wall of canned veggies (indeed, "people have grabbed whole containers of [bottled] pork rinds," Meyer says). But the most surprising recurring theft? A less-than-elegant bathroom apparatus that consistently goes missing:

"The thing that's been the most bizarre: Three times now, the plunger from the bathroom — gone. And no one can figure out where it went or how someone got out with a plunger. Or what they would want it... I can think of a few reasons why they would want it, but none I want to assign to our customers. Three times now. There are other things that have disappeared, but I think the plunger is the most unique one. If it were just once, I would have written it off — oh, it must have broken and someone threw it away. But three times, it's like someone is coming in here for plungers. I hope [it's the same person]. I hope we have one freaky customer and not multiples — not three."

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Grain & Gristle

1473 Northeast Prescott Street, , OR 97211 (503) 288-4740 Visit Website

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