Portland is slowly trudging through the annual hangover week after a burst of commotion on New Year’s Eve: Restaurants opened, a cart closed, and a not-yet-restaurant threw preview parties as 2018 rode off into the sunset. But the early days of 2019 have been, all in all, pretty uneventful, save a few nuggets we saved for the Friday news sampler we call EaterWire. Take a look below for more info:
Broken Fries, Broken Promises
Let’s start with some tasty LawsuitWire: A Portland man is suing Burger King for not delivering on an alleged promise. When Curtis Brooner found himself stuck in a Burger King bathroom (not in a “Humpty Dance” way), it took management an hour to help him escape, according to the lawsuit. To make amends, the manager at the time offered him free meals for life — “‘Anytime you come in here, it’s free meals on us” — but after two weeks, Brooner alleges Burger King management told staff to stop giving him three meals. Brooner is suing for $9,026.16: The cost of one Whopper Meal per week for the next 22 years. [Willamette Week]
Dub’s is Back (Sort of)
William “Dub” Travis, the owner of the now-closed Soul food favorite Dub’s, is bringing his fried chicken and brisket to a new home in St. Johns — temporarily. Travis is now the chef-in-residence at Marie’s, the Lombard Street bar that looks like something out of Blue Velvet. He’s taking over during dinner hours this weekend and will be delivering the goods until sometime this spring. [WWeek]
Breakfast at Delores’
Delores, the pseudo-Polish restaurant from Top Chef alum BJ Smith, has started serving happy hour and brunch. Brunch has dishes like Polish yeasted pancakes with warm honey butter and berries ($12) and chanterelle omelets with gruyere ($13). Happy hour sticks to dishes like smoked house kielbasa with Brussels sprout kraut ($11), eggplant pastrami ($9), and its bone marrow French onion soup ($11). Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and happy hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. daily. [EaterWire]
Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Boke Dokie, which shared a space on SE Hawthorne, have both closed. The Seattle-based ginger beer stand, which had several varieties of the house soda, decided to close to focus on another project, and the fried chicken sandwich counter followed. Rachel’s is still available wholesale, and Boke co-owner Brannon Riceci says Boke Dokie pop-ups are coming soon. [Portland Monthly, EPDX]
Wild North, the 2018 Eater Awards reader’s choice winner for Food Cart of the Year, is leaving the SE 82nd Cartlandia pod, settling into a new spot near Base Camp Brewing on SE Oak — a far more central location for the high-end food cart. Wild North will reopen at the brewery on January 19 with a new menu. [EaterWire]
Update, January 4, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
This story has been updated to include information on Delores’ brunch and happy hour menus, as well as the closure of Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Boke Dokie.