The Old Town alley has lost its access to bacon-wrapped drunk food. Owner Dustin Knox confirms that the street-friendly Uncle Dick's Deep-Fried Hot Dogs called it quits two weeks ago, after less than two months in business. Knox, who also owns the Perriera Creperie food cart, says that like his original bar Central (which occupied that SW Ankeny space before announcing intentions to move to the east side in late 2012), he's currently looking to move the hot dog concept to the east side of Portland. "The hot dogs are moving to the east side," Knox says. "It's searching for a home [and] it might temporarily end up in the food cart. [But] I'd rather be in a bar on the east side." Any rebirth of an east side Uncle Dick's, however, would be separate from an east side Central, which Knox says is "at least a year out."
Rumor has it, meanwhile, that the space's back-room event space Harlem is also in the process of switching hands, and may re-open as a bar under different ownership. More as it becomes available.
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