There's Big Trouble in little Chinatown.
As we reported earlier, the Chefstable/Ryan Magarian bar in Chinatown formerly known as Easy Company shuttered. Magarian, best known for Aviation Gin and Oven & Shaker, has moved on to focus on other projects and (hopefully) resurrect Easy Company in a new space.
Meanwhile, the Chefstable team has been busy revamping the bar into a less serious joint called Big Trouble, in hopes it would be a better fit for the oft-debauched neighborhood. Considering the giant lettering on the front windows spelling out "beer," "alcohol," and "enter here," it should fit in just fine.
Officially open on Friday, Big Trouble has a tongue-in-cheek, old-school, Chinese-American vibe. Nothing takes itself too seriously, from the walls adorned with dragons and Fu Manchu-esque faces, to the '50s-era "Chinese" food: American-style fried rice, chop suey, and egg foo yung sandwich.
In keeping with the neighborhood's current penchant for weekend partying, the bar is open just Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (so far) and everything is priced for maximum consumption. All food is $5, signature cocktails are $7, well drinks are $5, and beers cost $5 for microbrews on tap, $3 for mass-produced domestics like Pabst.
Big Trouble, 329 NW. Couch St., Portland.
Hours: Thursday 4:30 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.