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The Man Behind Sizzle Pie Has Purchased Checkerboard Pizza

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Checkerboard Pizza, restaurateur Ken Forkish’s New York-style pizzeria within Pine Street Market, has been closed for the majority of the pandemic. Soon, however, it will be revived under new ownership. Matt Jacobson, who owns Portland pizza chain Sizzle Pie, has purchased Checkerboard, and plans to open multiple new locations: one at the Moda Center, and another in Sellwood. Forkish trained the new staff at the revived Checkerboard, and will keep the same recipes from the original pizzeria. The Moda location will open October 20, and the Sellwood location will open in 2022.

Ken Forkish has slowly downsized over the last two years. Forkish closed his restaurant Trifecta Tavern and the adjoining bakery at the end of 2019. Now, Forkish only runs the two businesses that share his name: Ken’s Artisan Bakery and Ken’s Artisan Pizza. [O]

Powell’s Now Has Its Own Beer... Kind Of

Powell’s Books and Ex Novo Brewing have partnered to create City of Books IPA, a limited-edition beer and fundraiser for the Book Industry Charitable Fund, which financially supports bookstore workers and independent bookstores. But when we say limited edition, we mean it: Portlanders can only purchase the beer on October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main Powell’s on Burnside, and at Ex Novo’s two Oregon locations. [PoMo]

PDX’s New Slate of Restaurants Opening Within the Next Year

The Oregonian has a fresh update on the big culinary changes coming to Portland International Airport. Portland cafe chain Good Coffee and Southern food hotspot Screen Door will land in the soon-to-be-reveled Concourse B, selling cold brew and fried chicken, respectively, by the spring. Meanwhile, Lardo is going to build up an airport presence as well: Corner Store by Lardo will take over the former Kenny & Zuke’s space right after security on the B and C side, likely by January; until then, Lardo offer grab-and-go sandwiches in Concourse E starting this month. Also coming to Concourse E: a cocktail bar and restaurant called Juliett, from Portland big-deal restaurant groups Chefstable and Lighting Bar Collective. [O]

Voodoo Doughnut Opening Another Houston-Area Location

Portland’s own doughnut empire is heading to Cypress, Texas; no word if that shop is also going to unionize. [PBJ]

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