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Someone Stole Six Outdoor Heaters from Flying Fish Company This Weekend

Plus, Trap Kitchen distributes more than 150 free turkeys, and more news to start your day

Lyf Gildersleeve holds a fish
Lyf Gildersleeve
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Break-ins and Thefts Continue to Plague Business Owners in Portland

Break-ins, burglaries, and robberies are commonplace in Portland’s restaurant market; however, this year has seen an increase in commercial burglaries across the city, which includes restaurants, bars, and food carts. Now, as restaurants and bars begin to temporarily shutter in accordance with the governor’s dining room shutdown, burglars have been hitting businesses once again. Someone stole six outdoor heaters from seafood restaurant and market Flying Fish Company, either in the evening of Saturday, November 21, or the early morning on November 22. Last week, a burglar broke in to the cocktail bar Scotch Lodge, stealing a few bottles of booze and shattering the glass of the bar. [WWeek]

Food Cart Trap Kitchen Hands Out Free Thanksgiving Turkeys This Weekend

Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum has become a crucial member of Oregon’s food and beverage scene this year, from starting his new wine label to buying out food cart Trap Kitchen to distribute free food. McCollum decided to reconnect with the team at Trap Kitchen this weekend to distribute free food — specifically, Thanksgiving turkeys. On Sunday, the team passed out around 160 free Thanksgiving turkeys, uncooked, so people could roast them at home on the day. [Oregonian, KGW]

Pop-Up of the Day: A Fried Chicken Sandwich from Quaintrelle

Recent Eater 38 inductee Quaintrelle is hosting a fried chicken sandwich pop-up today starting at 4 p.m. Chef Ryley Eckersley will be serving a spicy fried chicken sandwich with roasted jalapeño slaw, bread-and-butter-pickled jalapeño, honey mustard, bacon, and crispy kale for $15, which includes a salad. Customers can order sandwiches through Eckersley’s Instagram or by calling (541) 410-9898. Payments are made through Venmo and people can pick up orders at the restaurant’s door, at 3936 N Mississippi Avenue. [EaterWire]

In Other News...

• PDX Free Fridge, a mutual aid effort that sets up fridges and pantries around the city stocked with free food and supplies for anyone, is fundraising to set up more fridges and shelters around the city. The group wants to use the funds to hire BIPOC builders and artists and pay for supplies. Those interested in donating can donate via Venmo @PDX-FreeFridge or CashApp $PDXfreefridge. [EaterWire]
Some Portland coffee shops — IN J Coffee and Swee2o — have begun using a “robotic barista” to make coffee drinks, to reduce human-to-human contact. [KGW]
The latest report on Oregon’s agricultural market shows that milk and wine grapes, as industries, grew significantly between 2018 and 2019. [PBJ]

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