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A Hypebeast Milkshake Chain Will Open a Vancouver Shop This Summer

Plus, a spooky cocktail bar is opening in Old Town this month

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Four hands hold up mason jars filled with milkshakes swirled with colors like yellow, green, red, and blue, topped with blondies and swirls of whipped cream.
An assortment of milkshakes from The Yard Milkshake Bar
The Yard / Official

Alabama Milkshake Cafe Chain The Yard Will Open a Shop in Vancouver

The Yard — known for its tricked-out milkshakes topped with whole cupcakes, blondies, and doughnuts — will open its first West Coast location this year. The chain announced it will open a milkshake shop on Vancouver’s waterfront this summer, with a location-specific special and an assortment of elaborate shakes. Other Yard locations serve things like edible cookie dough, sundaes, plain ice cream, and floats, all with the maximalist touch: For instance, the Cereal Killer shake comes with marshmallow overload ice cream, marshmallow drizzle, marshmallow fluff, Fruity Pebbles, and a Fruity Pebbles “treat” (a la Rice Krispie treat). The shop will open at 656 Waterfront Way. [Oregonian]

Raven’s Manor, Set to Open in Old Town, Will Pour Cocktails Out of Skulls When It Opens This Spring

A self-identified “haunted-mansion-themed” cocktail bar, Raven’s Manor is taking over the former No Vacancy lounge later this month. Owners Rebecca Vega and Jared Bradley are planning out a menu of 13 cocktails and elaborate reservation-based activities — somewhere between a cocktail class, an escape room, and a murder mystery party. The bar’s Facebook page hints at cocktails served in beakers, gargoyles on the main bar top, and skull cocktail dispensers. [WWeek]

In Other News...

Kachka Lavka has started serving customers outside, with a menu of egg-custard-and-beef-tongue-pastrami breakfast sandwiches, savory blini topped with salmon roe, and an assortment of piroshki. The beverage menu includes Slavic beers and wine, house-infused vodkas, as well as imported sodas and seltzers. It’s available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. [EaterWire]
• French wine company Champagne Bollinger has purchased the pioneering Willamette Valley winery Ponzi Vineyards. This will be Bollinger’s first winery acquisition in the United States. The Ponzi family is keeping a handful of the estate’s vineyard plots, selling the grapes to the Ponzi brand. [O]
• There’s a new short film out about the Portland-based mutual aid project Crisis Kitchen. Watch the full film here. [Portland Mercury]

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