As Northwest braces for a wave of restaurant openings, Portland’s disgustingly hot summer continues. Industry folks prepare for the arrival of Portland’s largest food festival, Feast, and oyster shuck-offs and deals blow through town, as if it’s oyster season (it’s not). In this edition of Eater PDX’s news roundup, a battle of the teahouses, a farm bill dinner loaded with stars, and a tropical tiki brunch complete with karaoke.
MAHALO, MIMOSA — The Alibi, Oregon’s 70+-year-old tiki bar, is launching weekend brunch with karaoke from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, because who doesn’t love an off-key rendition of “You Oughta Know” paired with eggs when nursing a hangover? The menu has an island-hopper feel, with dishes like coconut shrimp and grits, loco moco, and French toast with coconut custard and macadamia nuts. [EaterWire]
TEA OFF — The owner of Tea Bar has accused a rival tea bar of ripping off her aesthetic. Tiki Tea, which opened in June, is mere blocks from the original Tea Bar location, and the two share the same blond wood wishbone chairs, metal straws, and mason jar cups. Even so, you can’t exactly copyright a vibe. Where does universal minimalist, Insta-friendly design end and straight-up copycat behavior begin? Let us know in the comments. [Willamette Week]
HOLE-IN-ONE — Portland will get even more doughnuts in the fall, and Northwest Portland is getting yet another new business. Donut O Rama, once a seasonal food cart, will reopen in the fall at 435 NW Broadway, with beignets and something called “drill press doughnuts.” [Portland Mercury]
TOO MANY COOKS — Departure’s Gregory Gourdet is throwing a huge James Beard dinner this October with a ton of big-name chefs, from Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) to Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon). The 12-course dinner and its hefty $295 price tag will benefit the Farmers Market Fund, which helps connect SNAP recipients with low-cost fresh produce. [PoMo]