Blame the heat or the calm before September’s storm of new restaurants, but Portland’s dining scene has been keeping August extremely casual. That mellow vibe has extended to two of Portland’s chic new wine bars, which both launched happy hour this month, as well as a big-name food fella who decided to step down. Let’s jump on in.
WINE O CLOCK — Cathy Whims’ glammed-out wine bar, Enoteca Nostrana, launched its happy hour Wednesday. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, expect shockingly cheap pours ($6 glasses of wine — several Enoteca pours hang out closer to $10) and uncut pizzas normally reserved for the grand dame next door. But wine nerds ought to roll through after 10 p.m., when all wine is half off. Yes, that includes the fancy bottles of orange wine you can’t stop thinking about. [EaterWire]
UPPING THE OMENS — Castagna’s casual counterpart OK Omens also got into the happy hour game this month, with discounted food and drink from 10 p.m. until midnight Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. You can get those tasty cheese-filled beignets for $5 a pop, as well as a monthly loaded fry special: This month’s mapo poutine designed by Han Oak’s Peter Cho. Oh, and the spot also has a smattering of $28 bottles of wine. [EaterWire]
MILLING IT OVER — Bob Moore of the Milwaukie-based Bob’s Red Mill is relinquishing his title as Whole Grain King, the Oregonian reports. He will still remain involved with the company, but longtime employee Dennis Vaughn will take over the role of CEO. Moore is 89 years old. [The O]