DOWNTOWN—After a tipster told us that Ken Norris' Clutch Sausagery, located in Beaverton's Timberland Town Center, had seemingly closed its doors, we caught up with him. Yes, the doors had indeed been locked, but that was because Norris was gearing up for the October 26 opening of his new Clutch food cart on SW Washington, between 9th and 10th avenues. The TTC location will serve as a commissary kitchen, Norris told us, and will open back up to the public if the demand is there.
NORTHEAST—After more than 30 years in business, Beaumont Village's Alameda Cafe got a new owner—Erica Reagor, who brought her Thrive Northwest gluten-free catering business to the brick-and-mortar game on October 1. Her new space Thrive Sauce and Bowls now serves lunch and dinner at 4641 NE Fremont St.
NORTHEAST—In the early days of October, we got a text from Erik Spellmeyer indicating that Locale, his new cafe, which he operates with his friend, Dustin Wight, opened at 4330 N Mississippi Ave. Expect lattes, sandwiches and, for a cafe, a robust selection of vermouths.
NORTHEAST—In mid-October, we learned from our Twitter feed that Labrewatory, Thad Fisco's experimental brewery, softly opened at 670 N Russell St., just a stone's throw from Widmer Brothers. At the time, those experimental brews were being tinkered with. But in the next week or so, they should be ready for you to try.
NORTHEAST—After a week of soft openings, Apizza Scholls kitchen veteran Shar Dues opened her own pizzeria, Red Sauce Pizza, on October 23 in the old Bob's Rocket Pizza at 4935 NE 42nd Ave. Don't expect Dues pies to be thin-crusters. They're breadier, but that's because they're saucier and cheesier, too.
SOUTHEAST—Next Level Burger, Matthew and Cierra de Gruyter's plant-based fast food concept, put down Stumptown roots at 4121 SE Hawthorne Blvd. on October 19. The Bend-based restaurant already has its sights set on expansion—they're looking at you, Seattle.
SOUTHWEST—Nearly three years after shuttering his SE Milwaukie Ave. brick-and-mortar shop, Tastebud's Mark Doxtader brought back his pizzeria/restaurant/bakery, this time offering his years of experience to the families of Multnomah Village. Tastebud 2.0 opened at 7783 SW Capitol Hwy. on October 22.
MODA CENTER—Bunk's Tommy Habetz once again showed us all just how possible it is to juggle multiple projects at once. With his Pizza Jerk pizzeria just days away from opening in the Concordia neighborhood, Habetz opened up yet another Bunk location in the Moda Center on October 28. That brings the number of Moda Bunks to three.
THE COAST—On October 10, Ginger Edwards opened the doors to a new agritourism bed and breakfast located at North Fork 53, her coastal farm just outside of Nehalem. The idea? Visit the farm, learn about what's grown there, eat what's grown there, and stay the night.