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Bar Vivant's New Beer and Cider Garden; Olympia Provisions' Triscuit Commercial

Plus, check out the making of Kung Pow's epic mural.

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BAR VIVANT — Cheryl Wakerhauser has just completed upgrades to the patio at her tapas joint, and the new and improved courtyard reopens tonight. There's now a beer and cider bar with seven taps — five local beers in all styles and two ciders. "For cider we are starting with one from Oregon, one from Spain plus a bonus baby keg of Normandy Cider," says Wakerhauser. The launch is timed for the return of her outdoor Movies at Dusk program, which features a specialty drink created for the film. Tonight it's "The Three Amigos" and Margaritas, of course.

KUNG POW — Our photo gallery of the newly opened Kung Pow! restaurant on NW 21st reveals an eye-popping mural created by local artist Dom Cardoso, with help from a few of his artist friends. Turns out photographer Tony Chen documented the artists at work and posted the progress as a photo essay on his website Have Camera Will Go. The artists include Sam Levy, Nicky Kriara, and Heather Castro, as well as Anna Sutton and Jessica Lynn, who are not pictured. "They're all part of the Laika family currently or in the past," says Chen.

OLYMPIA PROVISIONS — You know you've hit the big time when you're doing commercials for Nabisco. Olympia Provisions recently collaborated with Triscuit and Martha Stewart to introduce a new summer sausage. As a bonus, there's now a Triscuit commercial featuring Portland's own Elias Cairo, and he makes those crackers look damn fancy. The company has also just launched a new line of fresh sausages, including kielbasa, bratwurst, Italian sausage, uncured frankfurters, smoked chorizo, and its infamous cheese-stuffed kasekrainer. It's all available online and the fresh sausages will soon be available in Whole Foods and possibly New Seasons.

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