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Legendary Latin American Steakhouse Ox Will Finally Start Taking Reservations Tonight

Dame’s new schtick, a soccer-obsessed bar launches a brewery, and all the other news to start your weekend

A picture of the clam chowder at Ox, which comes with a roasted marrow bone Dina Avila/EPDX
Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

The week is almost over and March has officially begun, and the food news has been rolling in. Those distracted by strategic reservation-scheduling for Portland Dining Month and Portland’s incoming nerd destinations may have missed some of the other headlines and tidbits, helpfully consolidated into the newsy bento box below:

YES RESERVATIONS — Starting this evening, the James-Beard-winning, Eater 38 stalwart Ox is going to be a lot easier to visit. The Latin American steakhouse from Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton will start taking limited reservations for parties of any size tonight, hopefully reducing its famously long lines. Ox is the latest get for the reservation site Resy, which has quickly grown its presence in Portland. [EaterWire]

THE NEW DAMEDame, the Killingsworth wine bar from Jane Smith, is now a full-time pop-up incubator with daily “chef residencies,” similar to Boston’s Wink & Nod or Atlanta’s Joystick Gamebar. Dame will host different chefs for chunks of the week: From Sunday to Wednesday, Patrick Mckee will host his pop-up Estes within the blue-tinged wine bar; then, a new pop-up from Kei Ohdera (Farm Spirit) and John Schaible (Blue Hill at Stone Barns) runs from Thursday through Saturday, specializing in whole-animal butchery — think: retired dairy cow burgers. [Portland Monthly]

BREWERY GOALSThe Toffee Club, the British soccer bar and restaurant off Hawthorne, is opening its own brewery in the newly abandoned Scout Beer space. Away Days will offer eight-to-10 taps of Czech-style pilsners and IPAs, as well as bar snacks. The brewery should open in mid-May. [Willamette Week]

HERE WE GO AGAIN — Nancy Rommelmann, the #MeToo-challenging wife of Ristretto Roasters owner Din Johnson, has written another op-ed bemoaning “outrage culture,” referring to the various boycotts of Ristretto over her YouTube series. This essay is pretty similar to the one she wrote earlier this month; thus, the Eater Portland op-ed in response to her first piece still stands. For a fresher take, Portland Mercury editor Steven Humphrey wrote his own response: “If your opinions are shitty, don’t blame the people who call you out. Sorry, but there’s no such thing as an ‘outrage culture’—but there certainly is an ‘entitled, thin-skinned, cry-baby culture’ especially among those who create their own problems, actively try to make the world a shittier place, and then expect people to shut up and quietly ignore them.” [Los Angeles Times, Portland Mercury]


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