The flashing neon sign of Tuesday’s election is sure to have everyone biting nails and refreshing FiveThirtyEight, but for those desperate for a distraction, the world of Portland food news charges on. In this week’s EaterWire, find a possible solution for the great downtown food cart purge, a less expensive taste of a Portland fine dining institution, and the manipulation of two restaurant vets for a political campaign.
CARTED OFF — A handful of food cart advocates have pitched a potential food cart corridor to replace the various disappearing parking lots and pods being filled by developments. The carts would sit in parking spots downtown alongside a stretch of street, potentially SW 9th Avenue between Director Park and O’Bryant Square. Stay tuned to see if this saves some crucial carts in that area. [Willamette Week]
‘MISLED AND USED’ — A restaurant owner and manager are accusing the No on Measure 26-201 campaign of deliberately misleading them to get their support. The two industry vets, who do not speak English fluently, were told the bill would ban a tax on groceries. That’s Measure 103 — Measure 26-201 would force corporations to pay a one percent tax on revenue to help fund green projects in Portland, and it does not include groceries. [Portland Tribune]
KEEPING IT CASUAL — For years, fine dining spot Beast has rolled out elaborate, multi-course dinners for more than $100 dollars per person; now, chef Naomi Pomeroy is heading into sort-of less expensive territory this December with her casual Tuesday dinners between $65 to $90. Okay, so casual’s a stretch — it’s still a four-course dinner with Pomeroy chops. Still, it’s the most accessible Pomeroy’s food has ever been — and don’t forget, vegetarians and pescetarians can still get in on the action by letting the restaurant know while making a reservation. [The O]