Along with the snow, a storm of restaurant and bar openings struck Portland this past week. Here’s the vital 411, rounded up for convenience:
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery
Taking over The Green Dragon, Rogue’s tenth location opens at 5 p.m., December 15, at 928 SE 9th Ave. Rogue has owned The Green Dragon since 2008, and the switcheroo will bring 35 Rogue taps and 19 guest taps. The rear bar has been removed, and Rogue's in general spiffing up the place.
Blue Star Donuts
The sixth local location of the homegrown doughnut chainlet Blue Star Donuts opened inside the Portland International Airport, on December 12. Find its gourmet, brioche-style doughnuts served daily starting at 4 a.m.
QuickFish Poke Bar
Rebranding The Annex, Bamboo Sushi relaunched its West End grab-and-go poke spot as QuickFish Poke Bar, on Monday, December 12. Along with a new look, the rebranding brings some new poke bowls, including one featuring tako (that’s sushi-grade octopus).
The Bridgetown Bagel Company
Run by Kettleman’s Bagel Co. alums, The Bridgetown Bagel Company opened as a brick and mortar on Saturday, December 10, at 545 NE Couch St. The Bridgetown Bagel Company’s food cart will keep serving its hand rolled and boiled bagels at 5221 N.E. Sandy Blvd., too.
The new beer bar by Lardo’s Rick Gencarelli is now pouring from 30 taps and offers a bottle selection of around 30 beers, including a hefty selection of aged brews. And the best part for Gencarelli fans? Beer Belly is connected to the chef’s West End locations of Lardo and Grassa by an interior hallway.
T.C. O’Leary’s Irish Pub
No sooner had Branch Whiskey Bar closed than its bar manager, Thomas O’Leary, opened a new, more casual Irish Pub in its place. Several of Branch’s former staff made the transition, so find a similar selection of whiskey flights, as well as Irish pub fare by Liam Ashton (Urban Farmer, Bazi), now served at 2926 NE Alberta St.
Shoko Sushi and Izakaya
Taking over Tani’s Japanese Kitchen, at 4807 SE Woodstock Blvd., Shoko Sushi and Izakaya threw open the doors on Monday, December 12.
BONUS: Rockin’ Crab Cafe
This spot actually opened in October, but it took a bit to track down details, and coverage went out this week. So... Rockin’ Crab Cafe opened its second location on SE Division in Trent Pierce’s old B&T Oyster Bar, to serve a Louisiana-style seafood boil given a twist with Asian spices and herbs. Also on the menu are some familiar Chinese appetizers, hot pots, and a fleet of deep-fried chicken wings.