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Momofuku in Oregon is the Only Reason to Discuss Christmas This Early

Plus, Portland loses a cat cafe and gains an accomplished chef


Fall is in full swing, the rain is back in earnest, and we’ve got restaurant closings, openings, and chef shuffles. The eagerly awaited tropical bar Hey Love is opening Friday as a respite for the gray weather while Normandie opens November 1 for seafood and Calvados. Plus, a New York chef is moving to the beloved Beast as chef de cuisine—Julian Calcott is taking over for Lucian Prellwitz who is moving to the old Wildwood space for a new project.
Here’s the other news:

A CHRISTMAS STORY DINNER — Famed international restaurant group Momofuku is coming for Christmas Eve dinner at the cozy Suttle Lodge in central Oregon this year. Chefs Matthew Rudofker and Joshua Pinsky will be bringing some of Momofuku’s most famous dishes to the lodge for an intimate feast inspired by the tradition of eating at Chinese restaurants on Christmas. You’ll want to get your tickets well before Black Friday. [EaterWire]

MORE STAR CHEFS — The sprawling, meat-driven hotel restaurant and gin bar Jackrabbit is getting some fresh talent with Brett Uniss as its new executive chef. Uniss has some serious credits to his name, having worked at the legendary French Laundry in Napa and Las Vegas restaurants Honey Salt and É by José Andrés, to name a few. He’ll be coming on in mid-October. [EaterWire]

NO MEOW CAT CAFE — In some tragic news, Portland is losing its one and only cat cafe, as Purringtons has announced that it will be closing at the end of November. Anyone looking to adopt one of the furry creatures, or just enjoy a latte with a few cat hairs in it, should visit before then. [Oregon Live]

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