Good morning, Portland! Our country is a bit of a trashcan fire right now, but at least things are looking good on the restaurant side of things: A new late-night breakfast place is opening on Belmont, a cool drive-in is opening on the Sandy in a few weeks, and Jimmy Mak’s is reopening in the Pearl. Meanwhile, in today’s roundup, Portland gets closer to banning plastic straws, Vitaly Paley wants to roast weed-fed pigs, and Movie Madness gets in the beer game. Spend your Wednesday on a patio, or maybe treat yourself to a happy hour or a bowl of noodles— A little self-care might be helpful these days.
PALEY’S NEW PLACE — Chef Vitaly Paley is switched up the menu without announcement at his high-end flagship restaurant Paley’s Place, serving a “lazy cheese dumpling” and the occasional 30-ounce T-bone. The inexpensive bar menu might turn heads in Northwest Portland, as well as an August pig roast featuring hogs fed “hemp-y byproducts” — stems and seeds? [PoMo]
SAYONARA, STRAWS — Portland is probably going to ban plastic straws, according to a resolution adopted by City Council that will nudge the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in the direction of a straw ban. The bureau will need to develop a plan to “reduce single-use non-recyclable plastics” altogether, with an emphasis on straws. Let’s be real, here, though: Tons of places are already on this bandwagon, serving metal straws or going straw-free. [The O]
OLYMPIA OYSTER HITS THE ROAD — Olympia Oyster Bar is popping up on the Oregon Coast, serving half-shell beauties at Nevør Shellfish Farm in Netarts Bay. Notable presentations include baked oysters with roasted poblano peppers or super-fresh, raw oysters with ponzu. The pop-up runs through Labor Day. [PoMo]
MALTY MADNESS — Beloved movie rental shop Movie Madness now has its own beer, thanks to pseudo-humanitarian brewery Ex Novo. Starting July 1, pick up a Cult Classic Pale Ale with your copy of Mars Attacks! [Merc]