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Two Ava Gene’s Alums Want to Bring Wood-Fired Pizza to Eastern Oregon

A new brunch, recalled pate, and other news to start your weekend

JoMarie Pitino and Ross Effinger, co-owners of The Gold Room
The Gold Room/Kickstarter
Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

April 1 was a big day for Portland restaurants: Three new spots opened across the greater Portland area, including the highly anticipated gluten-free bakery and scoop shop Little Bean. Meanwhile, spring brunch season is also in full swing: Texan meat palace Bullard has begun serving bloody marys and smothered hash browns, and it’s not the only one. Take a look below for another brunch to hit, a far-flung new restaurant for two Portland chefs, and some risky business involving chicken pâté.

PORTLAND EAST — Two Ava Gene’s alums are opening a new restaurant, but it’s a bit of a trek: JoMarie Pitino and Ross Effinger are moving to Joseph, Oregon — the Eastern Oregon city near the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest — to open The Gold Room. The restaurant will serve wood-fired pizza and cocktails using seasonal vegetables and local beef from Wallowa County. Those interested can donate to their Kickstarter. [EaterWire]

KEY TO BRUNCH Keys Lounge, the Killingsworth bar from the folks behind Radio Room, will begin serving brunch this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the retro bar will serve dishes like corned beef hash, Impossible chicken-fried steak, and dutch babies, alongside a menu of brunch cocktails. [EaterWire]

NO WAY PATE — Lactose-intolerant charcuterie fans, beware: Eugene-based grocery chain Market of Choice has recalled 1,100 pounds of pâté because the packaging didn’t note that it contains milk and soy. The recalled pâté packages have sell-by dates up to April 29 and include Market of Choice Country, chicken, and Northwest Game pâté. [Oregonian]

Keys Lounge

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