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Icelandic Hotel Kex Will Reopen Its Bar and Restaurant on June 9

Plus, a vaccination event specifically for food service workers, and more news to start the day

Kex’s restaurant, Vivian
The interior of the Kex hotel. Kex will reopen in early June after a long closure.
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Kex Reopens June 9 for Hotel Guests and Diners

After a lengthy closure, the Portland outpost for Icelandic hotel Kex will reopen for the summer, alongside its restaurant and rooftop bar. Dóttir, Kex’s restaurant, will reopen with a new chef, Michael Zeman; Zeman has spent time at Farm Spirit and Ok Omens, and plans to rely on fermentation and preservation methods for the restaurant’s menu. The bar, Lady of the Mountain, will serve low-proof cocktails, weekend brunch, and snacks, which the restaurant’s press release describes as “tropical Northwest.” Both the bar and restaurant are accepting reservations; the hotel is now taking reservations for overnight guests, as well. [WWeek]

Multnomah County Is Hosting Vaccination Events Specifically for Food Service Workers

Next week, Multnomah County will host two separate vaccination events specifically for restaurant, grocery, and food processing workers. The first, on May 18, will run all day at Portland Community College’s North Portland campus at 600 N Killingsworth Street; the second will run on May 19 at Mount Hood Community College, at 26000 SE Stark Street in Gresham. At both events, the county will be administering Pfizer vaccines. Those interested can sign up for the May 18 event here, and the May 19 event via this link. [EaterWire]

In Other News...

• In May, Gado Gado is donating $1 of each of its lime leaf caipirinha sold to the Asian Mental Health Collective. [EaterWire]
• An app meant to pair customers with surplus food— aka potential food waste — from restaurants, bakeries, and cafes is launching in Portland on May 19. [EaterWire]
There’s a new latke cart on Killingsworth. [WWeek]
Gregory Gourdet’s cookbook is out, and Portland Monthly gave it a rave review. [PoMo]