During a week of abrupt closings, food cart news, and snow, some Portland food and drink wire fell to the bottom of the proverbial pile. In this week’s EaterWire, a cat cafe lives on, a brewery expands, and more good news rolls in on the breakfast taco beat.
OSITA REGRESA — In the wake of Matt’s BBQ’s taco announcement, The Oregonian’s Michael Russell delivered some more exciting news on the breakfast taco beat: La Osita, the taco cart that closed last fall after its generator was stolen, has reopened. [Twitter, EaterWire]
GONE TRUCKIN’ — Good news, job-seeking chocolate aficionados: Tony’s Chocolonely is looking for a chocolate truck driver and brand ambassadors to take a road trip across 10 cities, preaching the cocoa gospel. Job perks include “endless amounts of chocolate, very competitive salary, monthly massages, (and) weekly yoga.” Interested parties can apply on the chocolate company’s website until February 12. [EaterWire]
PURR ON — Purringtons, Portland’s cat cafe, will survive after all. Last fall, the owners announced plans to close the MLK cafe-bar stocked with adoptable cats. Now, the cat cafe has a new owners: Garrett Simpson of Sherwood’s Cat Adoption Team and partner Helen Harris. [Willamette Week]
PFREACHING HIGHER — Hood River brewery Pfriem is expanding to Cascade Locks, potentially tripling its production. The 22,000-square-foot second location should be ready for move-in by 2020. [WWeek]
GOODBYE TO A LEGEND — This roundup ends on a sad note: Craft beer personality Jim Parker, the inventor of the totcho, has died. The once-owner of Oaks Bottom Public House helped open several Oregon brewpubs and beer bars, including Concordia Ale House and the Horse Brass. [The Oregonian]