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Cheese & Crack Shop; Growlers Hawthorne Forthcoming

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1) Southeast/Kerns: SE Hawthorne's charming cheese-plate cart Cheese & Crack has packed up its wheels in favor of an upcoming brick-and-mortar location, slated to take over the former Black Bike Cafe space across the street from the Laurelhurst Theater. According to co-owner Will Steuernagel, the 26-seat Cheese & Crack Snack Shop will feature a full cheese case ("think a little more déclassé" than other cases around town), a hot case, and a beer program run by Nathan Hall. The shop plans a February soft-opening; more as it becomes available. [EaterWire]

2) Hawthorne: A growler station dedicated entirely to to-go imbibing — no on-site drinking here — will open in early February on SE Hawthorne Boulevard. According to a press release, Growlers Hawthorne will take over the space once home to the Dollar Scholar shop, with co-owners Lucy Park and Jim Hillman offering 40 beers on tap, eight kombuchas, and a rotating handful of ciders, mead, and gluten-free beers. Growlers is aiming for a February 4 opening; in the meantime, find more information here. [EaterWire]

3) Southeast: Popular sandwich shop Shut Up & Eat is currently in expansion mode, with plans to open a next-door deli. Eat Beat reports the adjacent retail space will offer chef John Fimmano's side dishes (like potato salad and housemade pickles) by the pound, as well as SU&E's custom-made Pearl Bakery baguettes. Projected opening: January 31. [Eat Beat]

Photo of Cheese & Crack courtesy Facebook

Shut Up And Eat PDX

3848 SE Gladstone Street, Portland, OR 97202

Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

22 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR