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.
Ice Cream Days
Salt & Straw, Portland’s most famous ice cream brand, is reopening four of the city’s scoop shops today. The Alberta, Division, Lake Oswego, and NW 23rd locations will all open doors at 3 p.m. today, though the store is making some serious changes to keep things safe: Instead of ordering scoops and waiting in that Disneyland-style line, customers will order pints online ahead of time for contactless takeout or delivery. Customers set on a scoop in a waffle cone can still order cones with their pints, as well as merch like shirts, caps, socks, and the Salt & Straw ice cream cookbook.
Burgers To Go
Northwest Portland bar the Triple Lindy has closed because of the coronavirus, but will reopen as a contact-free burger window for the time being. Mike’s Favorite Burgers is the new concept, with diners calling in orders at (971) 266-8499, then picking them up from the table outside the street-facing window. Combo meals are $10 and include a cheeseburger, french fries or tots, and a soda or tall boy beer — $1 from each combo sold will go to the Free Lunch Collective, a mutual aid group that provides meals to those experiencing food anxiety or shortages.
Mike’s Famous Burgers will be open from noon to 6 p.m. daily at 1000 NW 17th Ave.
Return of the Kingsland
Fans of the British-themed bistro Kingsland Kitchen will be happy to know that its full English breakfast, burgers, English muffin sandwiches, and a number of other breakfast and lunch dishes are available again. The bistro partially reopened today, with a more limited menu and limited hours of Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for now. The current menu is available on Instagram, and diners can call in orders at (971) 300-3118, though walk-ups are accepted as well, and it will deliver through a few apps. Kingsland Kitchen is located at 301 SW Pine Street.
Chalice Farms, a group of cannabis dispensaries throughout the city, is raising money to purchase meals from local restaurants and distribute them to frontline medical workers around town. The company is matching donated funds and having donors nominate a restaurant each week — this first week will be Nicoletta’s Table, with meals going out on Saturday to workers at Legacy Laboratory Emanuel Medical Center.
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Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the address of Mike’s Famous Burgers. It’s since been corrected.