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Here's the quick and dirty on this week's Portland restaurant news. EaterWire is published most Fridays so you won't miss any of the city's culinary happenings. The latest news is listed first, and you can scroll down for older news from over the past month (head here to see the full EaterWire archive):

EaterWire December 8:

COQUINE ADDS RESERVATIONS—Getting a seat for dinner at Eater Portland’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year, Coquine, has been reliably challenging for the past two years, but that’s all changed: Coquine now takes reservations through the Tock app, releasing new reservations on the 15th of each month. Find reservations on the website. [EaterWire]

NOSSA FAMILIA COFFEE OPENS TODAY—Local coffee roaster Nossa Familia is now percolating at its Guatemala-inspired cafe at 1633 SE 3rd Ave. (next door to Stacked Sandwiches), serving espresso drinks, teas, matcha, and kombucha. Nossa Familia is adding food for the first time, including smoothie bowls, toasts, soups, and grab-and-go items, like Bakeshop pastries and Bowery bagels. Filled with bright textiles from Guatemala and dozens of plants, the cafe currently operates Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nossa Familia is in the process of quadrupling its cafe locations. [EaterWire]

REO’S RIBS WILL REBUILDReo’s Ribs, the barbecue restaurant owned by Snoop Dog’s uncle, Reo Varnado, will rebuild, after this spring’s fire:

Eater has reached out for details. No reopening date has been announced. [WWeek]

STERLING COFFEE RELOCATES—Established in 2010, Sterling Coffee Roasters has moved out of its tiny digs and is now open in a 950-square-foot cafe at 518 NW 21st Ave., with lots more room to spread out but the same lineup of espresso drinks featuring house-roasted coffees. [PoMo]

SCREEN DOOR HACK—Equally famous for its fried chicken and the crazy lines pouring out of its front door on East Burnside, Screen Door began accepting large take out and catering orders in November. That means parties of six or more can order many of its most popular dishes to-go, says catering head Katie Horley, and catering is available for as many as 300 people. See just what’s on the take out and catering menu on the website. [EaterWire]

EaterWire November 17:

POKE IN THE PEARL—Owner Kristofor Lofgren said he wouldn’t open another Bamboo Sushi in Portland after the West End location, but he didn’t say anything about poke. Bamboo Sushi sister-restaurant Quickfish Poke Bar is opening a second Portland location at 1241 NW Johnson St., according to a press release from the Urban Works real estate group. It aims to turn on the lights in spring 2018.

Quickfish was founded during Portland’s poke-slposion of 2016 and has already expanded to Denver, with more locations in the works around the country. [EaterWire]

NEW FOOD CART POD IN CULLY—The Cully Central Food Pod will soon kick things off at 4579 NE Cully Blvd. Among its first tenants is the Khao Niew food cart, one of the few spots in Portland dedicated to food from Laos. Khao Niew’s new location will open in Cully Central in December, and its original food cart will continue operations in Happy Valley Station. [EaterWire]

GOODBYE DOWNTOWN FOOD CARTS—It’s no secret Portland’s iconic downtown food cart pods have been on the chopping block, and the Graves Hospitality group has put forward a proposal for an 11-story hotel at SW Alder Street and 10th Ave., currently home to big-time food carts like Nong’s Khao Man Gai. The City of Portland is reviewing the plans. If approved, the hospitality group hopes to break ground in summer 2018. [Mercury]

The downtown food cart pod is on the chopping block
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GRESHAM’S NEW BREWERY—Portland’s Migration Brewing is expanding, opening a second brewpub at 18188 NE Wilkes Rd., in Gresham (not farm from the exit to the 84-East). Aiming to start pouring summer 2018, the 20,000-square-foot facility will be home to a 3,000-square-foot brewpub with a family-friendly vibe and a food menu with pizzas and more. [New School Beer]

CHEF LUIS ESCORCIA IN AT NEL CENTRO—There have been a ton of Chef Shuffles this fall, and, according to a press release, downtown power-lunch spot Nel Centro has a new executive chef: Luis Escorcia, the former chef de cuisine at sister-restaurant Altabira City Tavern. Escorcia actually cooked as a sous chef at Nel Centro when he first moved to Portland. He replaces veteran Portland chef John Eisenhart. [Oregonian]

CHEF RYAN GAUL IN AT BUCKMAN PUBLIC HOUSE—Ryan Gaul (Southpark) has moved on from The Woodsman Tavern after less than a year, according to a press release. It comes on the heels of another Chef Shuffle at the restaurant: Top Chef finalist Doug Adams (Imperial) joined The Woodsman Tavern in what is billed as a “temporary chef in residency.”

Gaul is now the executive chef of Buckman Public House, which opened inside of the old Washington High School building in June 2017. The move signifies a new direction for the food at Buckman Public House, which had only just gotten started under former Fenrir chef, Ian Wilson (now cooking at Teutonic Wine Company [see below]). [EaterWire]

PORTLAND’S OLDEST DISTILLERY IS LEAVING—After distilling in Portland for more than 30 years, Clear Creek Distillery will close up shop on December 31 to relocate to Hood River, not far from its namesake creek. Clear Creek’s spirits lineup heavily relies on local fruit, so Hood River is a natural fit. According to the press release, the distillery will continue to offer tastings at the tasting room of its new parent company, Hood River Distillers, in Hood River. It is also exploring the option of opening a new tasting room in Portland. [EaterWire]

EaterWire November 10:

BAR CASA VALE REVAMPS—The Spanish-inspired bar by Nate Tilden (Olympia Provisions, Clyde Common), Bar Casa Vale has a new chef, Jacob Harth, and a new focus on large plates in addition to its tapas. The bar and restaurant had a “shaky start” but recovered enough for WWeek to name it 2017 Bar of the Year just six months ago. Where will it go from here? Harth most recently cooked at St. Jack, with experience at Ox, Clyde Common, Nonna, and more. [PoMo]

GUMBO RAMEN—Serving creative Louisiana plates, The Waiting Room is unleashing “gumbo ramen.” It features riffs on most of the usual gumbo ingredients — things like Andouille pork belly and a pork gumbo broth — but with the addition of ramen noodles. It costs $13 and is only served on Tuesdays at the Northwest neighborhood spot. [EaterWire]

BATTLE OVER PORTLAND’S ICONIC DEER—Everyone knows the famous White Stag sign welcoming people into Old Town as they go over the Burnside Bridge. Now Old Town Brewing and the City of Portland are fighting over who owns the rights to it in the beverage trademark category. Old Town Brewing appears to be winning, having trademarked the image for beer-related purposes in 2012, but the City isn’t backing down. [WWeek]

NW’S NEW DISTILLERY—A 6,500-square-foot distillery, Freeland Spirits is opening at 2671 NW Vaughn St. It’s headed by Jill Kuehler, who served as executive director of Southeast’s Zenger Farms for six years, with distilling overseen by former head distiller at Bend's Oregon Spirit Distillers, Molly Troupe. Freeland Spirits kicked off a $25,000 crowdsourcing campaign on Tuesday that has already raised over $39,000. [PBJ]

REMODEL AT SE FOSTER KARAOKE BAR—Located at 3805 SE 52nd Ave., The Trap has done a major remodel. It includes a sheltered patio, new bar top, better lighting, and a more open layout. That said, WWeek reports The Trap remains a very dive-y bar with karaoke and crazy-cheap breakfast specials. [WWeek]

AQUAVIT WEEK 2017—Local barman Jacob Grier founded Aquavit Week in Portland in 2012, and this year it returns December 3 through 10, with three local events and special aquavit pairings in bars across the city for the entire week (times and prices vary; the kick-off party at Broder Nord runs $30). Aquavit Week has burst beyond Portland grounds, and it’ll also pop-up with events in Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, DC., and Germany. [EaterWire]

AVIARY OPENS SUNDAYS—One of the best restaurants in the city for its playful, Asian-inspired plates, Aviary is open Sundays for the first time since it was established in 2011. Its a good way to taste Aviary’s first-ever burger, the banh mi burger ($12), as it’s served all-day Sundays and is otherwise only available during happy hour. [EaterWire]

EaterWire November 3:

FOOD CARTS IN PORTLAND’S LIVING ROOM—This week, The Whole Bowl became the first food cart to open in the new Pioneer Courthouse Square food cart pod, and now PoMo names more tenants: The Burger Stevens and breakfast and brunch hotspot Fried Egg I'm in Love food carts will start serving next week. Burger fans, this is HUGE news, because Burger Stevens’s classic burgers are truly excellent and have been hidden far away in Hillsdale.

Down the road, prepare for a collaboration food cart by Olympia Provisions and Tillamook Cheese, along with the previously announced food cart by Steaks on Fifth dedicated to Philly cheesesteaks. A sixth food cart was expected — Nong’s Khao Man Gai was a candidate! — so look for an update coming soon. [PoMo]

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO KASK?—News broke this week that Ox chef-owners Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton are replacing Superbite with Bistro Agnes, but there was no mention of Kask, Superbite’s adjacent bar. Fear not, fans of Kask: Quiñonez Denton confirms it is business as usual at the cultured bar, with no major changes planned. [EaterWire]

Kask
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BELMONT GETS FRIED —The Frickin’ Fried Chicken food truck relocated to 3423 SE Belmont St. this week, bringing its cult-y fried chicken sandwiches with it. Established in March 2017, it is co-owned by Skyler Stover, a young chef who won first place in L.A.'s Young Chef Competition (and $10,000). [EaterWire]

LA PETITE PROVENCE ON NE SANDY—The popular French bakery and brunch hotspot La Petite Provence will open its eighth location in 2018: This one at 3434 NE Sandy. The 46-seat spot should turn on the ovens in January. In related news, La Petite Provence is applying for liquor licenses for breakfast and lunch cocktails at all of its locations.[Merc]

CATERING BY TORO BRAVO INC.—The Toro Bravo restaurant group (Tasty N Sons/Alder, Mediterranean Exploration Co.) now offers catering for up to 500. The new catering service launched this week. [EaterWire]

BREWERY FOR SALE/NEW INVESTMENT—Despite its experienced team, the 10-month-old Ross Island Brewing on SE Powell is facing financial trouble. It is currently for sale but also welcomes new business partners. New School Beer reports “a yearlong delay in opening because of city permitting issues” is partially to blame. The blog also offers a startling take: “Unfortunately, even Portland’s booming craft beer scene is continuing to shows signs of slowdown.” [New School Beer]

EaterWire October 27:

IN-N-OUT GETS A LITTLE CLOSER TO PORTLAND—Cult-y fast food chain In-N-Out cranked up the fryers at its second Oregon location today: It set up shop in Grants Pass — just a four-hour drive from Portland (which is just a hair closer than the one in Medford). According to one Twitter user, the first people inside were from Dallas and spent the entire night waiting outside the restaurant. #Dedicated. [KOIN]

TORTALANDIA STUFFS LAST BURRITO—After six years in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, Tortalandia closed on October 17. Potential reasons for closing were its location half a block off SE Foster Road and growing competition in recent years from nearby Nayar Taqueria. [EaterWire]

TEUTONIC UPS ITS FOOD GAME—Everyone’s favorite rock 'n' roll urban winery, Teutonic Wine Company has played host to chef (and wine) driven pop-ups all summer long, at 3303 SE 20th Ave. Now, teamed up with chef Ian Wilson (Fenrir, Buckman Public House), it’ll serve food during regular hours: Find snacks and small plates with an Alpine bent — think cured and smoked meats designed to go with Teutonic’s German-style wines — Friday through Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. Friday also brings $1 oysters from 4 to 6 p.m. (they go up to $2 after that), as well as fondue. [EaterWire]

VEGAN FAST FOOD GOES NATIONAL—Oregon’s Next Level Burger is making good on its goal of expanding nationally: It’s partnering with Whole Foods and the next location will be the San Francisco Bay Area. The fast food vegan franchise is based in Bend, has two Portland area locations, and opened in Seattle this summer. [EaterWire]

TAILS & TROTTERS ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS—Known for its hazelnut-finished pork products and incredible sandwiches, Tails & Trotters is ready to announce the next step after this spring’s devastating fire, which closed its shop at 525 NE 24th Ave.: Owner Aaron Silverman says the venue is finally ready to be rebuilt, and he hopes to reopen late January. To do so, he’s closing the temporary Tails & Trotters food cart on Saturday, October 28. But he’s still selling his holiday hams and other pig products, out of downtown’s KitchenCru on Thursdays and Fridays, from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as at his booth at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturdays. [EaterWire]

CARLO LAMAGNA LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER—Former Clyde Common executive chef Carlo Lamagna has begun a Kickstarter campaign for his hotly anticipated Filipino restaurant, Magna. Per the campaign, “This is a passion project that I am bringing to life in dedication to my father's memory and the amazing food of the Philippines.” [EaterWire]

ROSCOE ROBERSON IN AT ORIGINAL DINERANT—Downtown’s upscale American diner known for boozy shakes and loaded burgers, The Original Dinerant, has brought on local veteran chef Roscoe Roberson. Roberson has helped open six restaurants for ChefStable, including most recently The Pearl Tavern. The press release does not announce any immediate menu changes. [EaterWire]

FULL SAIL’S NEW BREWER—Hood River-based Full Sail Brewing Co. has a new brewer: With Jim Kelter retiring after 27 years, Greg Doss, who has been with the brewery since 2015, takes the helm as head brewmaster. [EaterWire]

EaterWire October 13

FOOD CART REBORNCarte Blanche-owner Jessie Aron is indeed opening a brick and mortar restaurant: The new project will be called Malka and is aiming to open summer 2018. The current vision is a restaurant and bar inside a former SE Division home — address TBD — and it will serve the Carte Blanche food cart’s most adored dishes (hopefully that crispy rice salad). [PoMo]

JAKE’S TURNS 125 YEARS OLDJake’s Famous Crawfish has been serving its seafood boils in downtown for 125 years this month. In addition to this astounding fact, it’s offering special set menus, in addition to its regular menus, throughout October. [EaterWire]

NOSSA FAMILIA COFFEE PARTNERSHIP—Undergoing rapid growth, the local Nossa Familia coffee roaster has joined forces with Portland real estate group Schlesinger Companies and will open a massive, 26,000-square-foot headquarters at 3530 NW St. Helens Rd. It aims to throw open the doors this November. [PBJ]

EXCEPTIONAL TUNA AT AVIARY—NE Alberta’s seriously inventive Aviary will provide a rare dining experience on October 19: the opportunity to try bluefin tuna expertly prepared from nose to tail by chef-owner Sarah Pliner. Over four courses with wines paired by Soter winery, dishes will highlight the entire tuna, from parts sometimes discarded to delicacies, like sautéed tuna cheek, served with potato puree and pesto-like persillade. It costs $125 (includes wine pairings). Reservation are available by phone at 503.287.2400.

Aviary chef-owner Sarah Pliner working with a massive bluefish tuna
Courtesy of Aviary

[EaterWire]

STUMPTOWN COFFEE’S NEW PACKAGING—Gone are the classic brown-paper bags: Stumptown launched new branding this month. What do you think?

The new Stumptown Coffee packaging
Courtesy of Stumptown

[EaterWire]

HEADWATERS CELEBRATES ONE YEAR—Today is the one-year anniversary of Vitaly Paley’s Headwaters, and it’s offering some specials: $1 oysters, 50-percent-off everything on the raw bar, and $7 glasses of bubbles. The specials run all-day today, October 13. Headwaters is located inside downtown’s Heathman Hotel, at 1001 SW Broadway. [EaterWire]

EaterWire October 7

SUSTAINABLE SUSHI—One of Portland’s top sushi spots, Bamboo Sushi will join Salt & Straw inside of the forthcoming Lake Oswego development, the Windward. Bamboo is famous for its sustainability efforts and precise sushi featuring high-quality seafood. Along with Salt & Straw, it’ll open sometime in 2018. [PBJ]

NE SANDY’S NEW BREWERY—Replacing BTU Brasserie and Brewery at 5846 NE Sandy Blvd., Second Profession Brewing declared by press release it will open October 14, 2017. Second Profession will seat 60 and serve a German-inspired food menu. [EaterWire]

TOP CHEF TACOS—Southeast’s Smokehouse Tavern will kick off taco Tuesdays on October 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. According the email, each night features four, $2-3 tacos by chef-owner BJ Smith, who competed in the most recent season of Top Chef. Smith will welcome a new chef to help develop the taco menu each month, and, in October, he gets an assist from another local former Top Chef contestant, Doug Adams (Imperial). Also on the Tuesday-only menu are $6 margaritas, green chili queso, and guacamole. The regular menu will also be available. [Mercury]

TAYLOR RAILWORKS CLOSES EARLYTaylor Railworks will fire its final Singapore chili crab on October 8. It had previously announced it would close October 14 but shuttered sooner “due to pending sale,” according to the press release. [EaterWire]

JORY RESTAURANT ADDS MAJOR SOMMELIER TALENTThe Allison Inn & Spa and its on-site Jory Restaurant have partnered with wine writer and educator Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and winner of the James Beard Wine Spirits Professional of the Year award. Expect a revamped wine list, new wine tasting experiences throughout the Inn, and wine-focused, multi-day wine packages. [EaterWire]

DINE THE COUV—Vancouver, Washington is holding its second annual dining month, Dine the Couv. Over 20 restaurants will offer three courses for $23 all October, and this year brings some exciting new places to try out, including Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions. [EaterWire]

EaterWire September 29

NEW BARBECUE ON WHEELS—Food carts are doing their fare share of the heavy lifting in the Portland barbecue scene, and Bark City BBQ started smoking in the Killingsworth Station Food Cart Pod on September 3. Owner Michael Keskin doesn’t declare a preferred barbecue style, and he uses only all-natural meats to make St. Louis-cut ribs (dry or wet), pulled and chopped pork, and more, with sides and milkshakes, Wednesday through Monday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or when the meat sells out). [EaterWire]

BEHOLD THE POWER OF BEER—The mobile beer bar known as Deschutes Brewery’s Street Pub earned $36,000 for Portland nonprofits — Farmers Ending Hunger, Cascade AIDS Project, and Children’s Cancer Association — by popping up in Portland for ONE DAY last week. [EaterWire]

EXTREME SEAFOOD HOOKUP AT CASTAGNA—Portland’s leading modernist restaurant, Castagna, is about to get even better: Thanks to a new sourcing program through True World Foods, Castagna will now serve seafood from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Market. The market is world-famous for quality, with only a few top-notch sushi spots in Portland, like Nodoguro and Zilla Sake, serving its seafood. [EaterWire]

RED SAUCE PIZZA DAILYRed Sauce Pizza, the popular pizza spot at 4935 NE 42nd Ave., has expanded its hours to seven days a week, from 4:30 t0 9:30 p.m., with lunch served Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Owner Shardell Dues has two decades of experience making pizza, including time spent at the incomparable Apizza Scholls, and you can also find calzones and salads, plus sandwiches during lunchtime. [EaterWire]

ANOTHER OLD-SCHOOL VINEYARD SOLD TO CALIFORNIAErath Winery founder Dick Erath is one of Oregon’s earliest winemakers, planting grapes starting in 1969. This month, he sold the Prince Hill Vineyard to the Duncan family, which founded Silver OaK Winery in California (its just the latest acquisition of Oregon wine country by a California wine company). Erath is aged 82 and had already sold Erath Winery to Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates around 10 years ago. [PBJ]

EaterWire September 15

OPENINGS — Heart Coffee Roasters debuted its third cafe location in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood at 5181 SE Woodstock Blvd. on September 5. In addition to coffee, the shop features a small menu developed with help from Bartavelle Cafe. Highlights include savory porridge with pasture butter, steamed greens, goat gouda, farm egg, aleppo pepper, pepitas; smashed egg toast; and yogurt with fruit and granola. The cafe will operate from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday initially with new hours to be introduced over time. [Facebook]

COMING ATTRACTIONS — A new restaurant project from the founders of PDX Sliders is heading to 2137 E Burnside, according to several recently launched social media accounts under the name PDX Bento. Eater has reached out for more details on the restaurant. PDX Sliders launched in 2014 as a food cart and in January opened its first brick-and-mortar location at 1605 SE Bybee. [Instagram]

MENU PORN — Chef Johnny Leach’s Mexican eatery Chalino (25 N. Fremont St.) has rolled out a new lunch menu sporting Pueblan-style sandwiches called cemitas. The sandwiches are traditionally served on a sesame seed roll with avocado, chiles, queso Oaxaca, and an herb called pápalo with breaded meat. Leach’s menu switches things up a bit with avocado salsa, coleslaw, and black bean-bacon puree. Customers can also find sandwiches filled with albondigas (Mexican meatballs). Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. [The Oregonian]

FOOD TV — Portland-area Filipino chef Melvin Trinidad was recently featured on Food Network reality competition Cooks vs Cons. Trinidad who goes by the name Chef Smelly is a self-taught chef who who helps build microchips by day and occasionally appears on KATU Afternoon Live as a guest cook. [EaterWire/Food Network]

EaterWire September 8

PASTRAMI ZOMBIE ROBBERY—This week, thieves broke into the Pastrami Zombie food truck in the Mississippi Marketplace pod, stealing owner Melissa McMillan’s wallet and crucial kitchen equipment, according to Instagram. Proof that no good deed goes unpunished, McMillan had spent most of this week donating one hundred percent of the proceeds of her Texas barbecue burger to Hurricane Harvey relief. Go show her some love by eating her incredible, over-achieving sandwiches. [EaterWire]

A POP-UP CELEBRATING BLACK ARTISTS—The chef behind Portland’s Nigerian brunch pop-ups, Salimatu Amabebe establishes a new pop-up on Sunday, September 10: Black Feast. The inaugural pop-up will feature four courses of vegan and gluten-free plates, each inspired by an essay from the book Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde. Tickets cost $45 and are available here. Black Feast is “designed to celebrate black artists and writers” and will take place monthly, moving forward. Speaking with PoMo, Amabebe explains the pop-up is created for African American eaters, but it is always open to white people, as well. [PoMo]

PAADEE EXPANDS OFFERINGS FOR FEAST—The Thai restaurant that houses the renowned Langbaan, Earl Ninsom’s Paadee has been rocking palates with its new Issan menu, focused on regional dishes from Northern Thailand. For Feast, the menu will be available daily, from September 11 to 19, starting at 5 p.m. (it’s usually only available on Mondays and Tuesdays), the restaurant tells Eater. [EaterWire]

BIRD AND BEAR REVAMPS—Sister restaurant to brunch hotspot Toast, Bird and Bear will rededicate itself to weekend brunch starting September 23, integrating some of the most popular dishes from Toast and its Yolk food truck. Dinner hours will change to Wednesday to Saturday, and owner Donald Kolter says Sundays and Mondays will offer a “Happy Day” menu, from 4 p.m. to close. [EaterWire]

FULLERTON WINES IN NORTHWEST—On September 8, local winery Fullerton Wines started pouring at 1976 NW Pettygrove St. Dubbed the Fullerton Pettygrove Pop-up Tasting Room, it will operate in the space Friday through Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m., as it works to complete construction on a Beaverton tasting room. [EaterWire]

BRUCE CAREY’S NEW SALEM RESTAURANT—Earlier this summer, long-time Portland restaurateur Bruce Carey (23Hoyt, Bluehour, Saucebox and Clarklewis) took over and overhauled the former Rudy’s Restaurant at the Salem Golf Club. After a two-month “soft opening,” FairWay restaurant serves pastas, steaks, and seafood for lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast is in the works. [EaterWire]

SHARI’S GETS HEALTHY?Samuel Borgese is the new CEO of homegrown restaurant franchise Shari’s Cafe &Pies. While he wants Shari’s to continue to be known for its friendly staff, budget-friendly prices, clean and safe atmosphere, and good food, he’s also working to add "a healthier twist to the menu” by working with more local businesses and farms. [Oregonian]

EaterWire September 1

NEW OWNERS AT CHIN’S KITCHEN—Sisters Chang “Wendy” Feng and Change “Cindy” Li are the new owners of Chin's Kitchen, a Hollywood district Chinese restaurant that’s been serving since the 1950s. According to WWeek food critic Matthew Korfhage, the new owners are upping the game, including the Chin’s Kitchen dumplings, which now “are nothing short of a revelation.” [WWeek]

RECIPES DIRECT FROM PORTLAND’S ‘BELOVED’ CHEFS—The new cookbook by James Beard Award-winning Portland food writer Danielle Centoni (full disclosure: Centoni was once the editor of Eater PDX) is out: Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars features 80 recipes from 40 Portland restaurants. “I was really aiming for a range of restaurants,” Centoni tells Eater. “There's fast casual to fine dining. There are old favorites and newer hotspots. But I think the common denominator is they're some of our most beloved places to eat and drink. And I made sure to include a few bars that take their food seriously, because our cocktail scene is just as exciting as our dining scene.” [EaterWire]

Portland Cooks, by Danielle Centoni
Courtesy of Figure 1 Publishing

CAFFE UMBRIA EXPANDSCaffe Umbria’s second Portland location is now percolating at 710 SW Madison, inside the historic Sovereign Hotel building. The Seattle-based roaster is growing, with locations opening in Seattle and Chicago in the coming weeks, too. [EaterWire]

STACKED SANDWICHES DOES HAPPY HOURStacked, 2017’s breakout sandwich spot, now offers happy hour specials, from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and all-day Saturday (as well as during Blazer, Ducks, Timbers, Beavers, and Seahawks games). Find cocktail for $5 to $7; $2 PBRs; and lots of game day-style specials, like a half-dozen chicken wings for $5 and a new bison and wagyu burger topped with bacon, cheddar, peach barbecue sauce, and fried onions for $12. [EaterWire]

NEW PIEDMONT STATION FOOD CART—The all-vegan Whimsical Folly food cart opens today, September 1, to serve breads, cakes, salads, pizzas, and sandwich melts. Owner Vanessa Westmoreland says she’s offering specials all weekend to celebrate, and moving forward, the cart will operate daily, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. [EaterWire]

BRANDON CUNNINGHAM IN AT RUE—The “French neo-bistro” Rue has a new chef de cuisine: Brandon Cunningham joins the ranks, bringing experience from Renata. [Oregonian]

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