PORTLAND—As the "Gratuity-Free" movement ebbs and flows from coast to coast, restaurants now have a logo that they can display to alert diners that they won't be required to tip. According to the press release, there are no specific rules for using the logo, so you could find it everywhere from websites to printed menus, but posting the logo is meant to signify that no other changes have taken place at the restaurant, aside from eliminating tips (not new service fees, etc.).
Perhaps the biggest news is that Portland chef and restaurateur John Taboada has joined the fight. He aims to eliminate tipping at two of his three restaurants, Navarre and Luce, by the end of the year. Taboada's restaurants join Le Pigeon, Park Kitchen, The Bent Brick, and Farm Spirit, which either have or intend to go gratuity-free. [WWeek]
NOB HILL—There's a new brunch in Northwest Portland: The Fireside, the cozy and hip restaurant at 801 NW 23rd Ave., is firing up a mix of breakfast-y and lunch-y food, like cinnamon rolls, veggie hash, classic eggs benedict, ploughman's lunch, and burgers (not to mention a la carte hash browns and Nueske's bacon). To match, bartender Matt Talavera has developed a hefty list of breakfast cocktails, including the whopping Eye Opener for two people, which, at $15, combines "Campfire espresso" with half and half; bourbon; the herbal Becherovka liqueur; the honey-version of Jagermeister, Barenjager; and bitters. The rest of the creative cocktail menu mostly runs $8-9, and brunch happens Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. [EaterWire]
THE PEARL—Despite Facebook posts to the contrary, Blitz Pearl shuttered last week at 110 NW 10th Ave. The sports bar left the below message taped to its door. Looking for an alternative? Blitz still has two locations in the area: Blitz Ladd, at 2239 SE 11th Ave, and Blitz 99, at 10935 SW 68th Pkwy.