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Gregory Gourdet Will Offer a Sneak Peek of His Haitian Restaurant Via an Incoming Yurt Village

Plus, Reel M Inn goes on indefinite hiatus starting Wednesday, and more news to start your day

A cherry salad from a summer Kann preview dinner
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Gregory Gourdet’s Kann Previews in a Yurt Village

Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet planned on opening a restaurant in early 2021. Starting later this year, however, he’ll start serving customers Haitian dishes out of a small yurt village set up in the Redd parking lot. Customers will be able to reserve individual yurts ahead of time, with service beginning when Gov. Kate Brown lifts the ban on onsite dining — December 18 at the earliest. Vegetarian, pescatarian, and full-blown meaty menus will be available, with dishes like ripe plantain and roasted squash and twice-cooked pork belly. American Express Platinum card holders will have early access to the reservations starting today, opening up to other AmEx customers on Wednesday. [Oregonian]

Reel M Inn Goes on an Indefinite Hiatus Starting Wednesday

Portland’s beloved dive bar and fried chicken haunt, Reel M Inn will close indefinitely after service November 17, attributing the decision to Brown’s recent decision to ban onsite dining in Multnomah County until December 16. However, let’s remember that the definition of “indefinitely” isn’t “forever:” “To be clear, 2020 sucks but it’s not going to take us down,” an Instagram post reads. “This isn’t forever... For now we gotta do what (sic) best for our community and close our doors.” [WWeek]

In Other News...

• Bar King has temporarily closed for daily service onsite, instead serving barbecue for pickup or delivery on Saturdays. Menu items include brisket and pulled pork with house-made pickles and brioche; speaking of brioche, the Bakery at Bar King will remain open. [PoMo]
• Starting Nov. 20, Great Notion Brewing will release a beer called Reparations, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the National African American Reparations Commission. The reparations movement is seeking monetary relief for the Black community in response to the trauma and discrimination cased by slavery and systemic racism; learn more about the case for reparations here. [EaterWire]
• Willamette Valley winery Antica Terra will offer a 24-hour holiday hotline for folks to call in and ask for advice on wine pairing, storage, and more. From Nov. 19 through Nov. 21, those interested can call 971-281-8363. [EaterWire]