As the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon continues to impact the local restaurant market, stories are popping up across the city, from food cart owners giving away free meals to chefs starting Instagram cooking classes. In this new version of AM Intel, we dive into different ways the state’s food service industry has been responding to the global pandemic. For more COVID-19 stories, check out our larger story stream.
MATT’S BBQ AND TACOS — Absurdly popular barbecue cart Matt’s BBQ and Portland taqueria Por Que No are both reopening this week for pre-orders. Customers can pre-order meats at least 48 hours in advance on the website, including things like brisket, sausages, and racks of spare ribs. Por Que No’s starting small, with pickup orders of chips, guac, and margarita mix mason jars available for pre-order at 10 a.m. today. Matt’s BBQ Tacos is on the docket for reopening sometime next week [Oregonian]
STUMPTOWN — To make up for the dearth of open coffee shops in Portland right now, Stumptown is giving away free 64-ounce bottles of its cold brew concentrate between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today at its inner SE location. The cold brew bottles are available through no contact curbside pickup at 1311 SE 9th Avenue. [EaterWire]
WINE TIME — Those looking to treat themselves with a fancy bottle of wine can do so while also helping the restaurant industry. Willamette Valley winery Antica Terra is donating 25 percent of certain bottle sales to the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to help relieve, restore and support independent restaurants and the people they employ. [EaterWire]