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The Abbey Bar, Knuckle Sandwich, MORE Now Open

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1) NW/Alphabet District: The Belgian-beer-focused Abbey Bar is now open on NW 21st Avenue, in the space that once housed Melt Bistro. Owner Bristol Kelley offers six rotating beers on tap and more than 100 by the bottle, for drinking there or taking to-go: Think beers like Ommegang Brewery's Gnomegang (a Belgian strong ale), Green Flash Brewing's Belgian Coast IPA, and La Trappe Trappist's Quadrupel (the latter available by the bottle). A brief food menu is divided into small and large plates, offering dishes like a Flemish ale stew, cheese and charcuterie plates, and Croque Monsieurs and Madams; the spot also serves weekend brunch. Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 10p.m., Monday through Friday; 9a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday. [EaterWire]

2) E. Burnside: Sandwich shop Knuckle Sandwich opened earlier this year in the same complex as Ole Ole on E. Burnside, serving "sandwiches for tough guys, cool chicks, and hipster children" (according to the wording on its Facebook page). Owner Richard Vasquez offers smoked brisket, meatball, and deli sandwiches on Pearl Bakery bread, with an all-day breakfast sandwich and chili cheese fries also on the menu. WWeek files the first official review here. Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 9p.m., daily. [WW]

3) Southeast: Earlier this month, La Panza Cafe opened in SE 26th Avenue's old 16-seat Sushi Ben 2-Go space, serving New Mexico-inspired breakfast through dinner. NNotes reports co-owners Andy and Jessica Razatos (the former a Santa Fe native) offer breakfast burritos and chile relleno omelets in the morning, switching to a menu of tamale plates, stuffed sopapillas, and Frito pies during lunch and dinner. Hours of operation: 9a.m. to 2p.m. and 5p.m. to 9p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 7a.m. to 2p.m., 5p.m. to 9p.m., Saturday and Sunday. [NN via]
· All Previous Opening Reports [Eater PDX]

The Abbey Bar

716 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR