February has begun, all those Whole30s and dry months are done, and now it’s time to hit the new bars and mac and cheese stands. As the month begins, catch up on all the bar-based crime and lost liquor licenses below, preferably over a bowl of Cheeto mac.
RIGHT-WING RIOT — Graffiti with phrases like “Fuck antifa” appeared on the walls of NE Couch bar Cider Riot, as well as the nearby Industrial Workers of the World union hall January 24. The vandals spray-painted over artwork and stole a $200 flag at the bar, also breaking a window at the union hall. “We’re pro-including everyone and basically we’ve been harassed by Patriot Prayer and a lot of these right-wing groups in the past because we are a safe space for everybody,” Cider Riot owner Goldman-Armstrong said. [Willamette Week]
CLUBBED DOWN — East Burnside karaoke bar Trio Club has lost its liquor license because of “a history of serious and persistent problems,” including more than 30 police visits between Oct. 30, 2015 and April 1, 2018. Most of these incidents involve physical fights, assaults, excessive intoxication, and theft, but the bar has also had problems with minors on the premises. [Willamette Week]
A GEM OF A BRUNCH — The Sapphire Hotel, a vintage-vibed bar on SE Hawthorne, has just started a new brunch program, serving dishes like buttermilk beignets, a breakfast sandwich with chimichurri and pepper aioli, and ricotta griddle cakes with pear and date compote. All those can be washed down with bloody marys and Irish coffee. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [EPDX]