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Kachka’s Now Open for an Outdoor Happy Hour Selling Queso Fundido Khachapuri

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A table covered with things like blini, pickles, and herring under a fur coat at Kachka
Kachka’s summer menu. The restaurant has reopened for outdoor dining, with its traditional menu and a happy hour incorporating Mexican and Russian influences
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Kachka’s New Happy Hour Incorporates Mexican and Georgian Flavors

Kachka has reopened for outdoor dining, introducing a new happy hour incorporating the culinary influences of some of the other members of the Kachka team. Kachka chef de cuisine Francisco Leyva, general manager Anna-Lisa Chacon, and co-owner Israel Morales all have Mexican heritage, and the Kachka team decided to fold some Mexican flavors into the overarching Slavic themes at Kachka. That means the happy hour menu now includes things like queso fundido khachapuri and lavash nachos, as well as a take on a michelada made with the Georgian condiment adjika. Kachka’s dumplings and infused vodkas also appear on the menu. It runs from 4 to 6 p.m. nightly; reservations for dinner and happy hour are available on the website. [EaterWire]

Insurance Company Sues Ringside Steakhouse Regarding Wildfire Damage

The Cincinnati Casualty Co. has filed a complaint against Northwest Portland restaurant Ringside, asking for a decision regarding the steakhouse’s claim during Oregon’s devastating wildfires. Ringside filed a claim based on the air quality in Portland, which kept many Portlanders from dining outside and costing the restaurant revenue. The insurance company says the lost revenue should not be covered, because the fires caused no physical damage to the space. Ringside, along with other Portland restaurants and venues, sued Cincinnati Casualty in the fall of 2020 over other unpaid pandemic-era claims. [PBJ]

In Other News...

Bullard chef de cuisine Ricky Bella is joining the team at the soon-to-open Jojo restaurant. In other, less-exciting Jojo news, someone broke into the fried chicken cart earlier this week, stealing the cart’s phone for delivery orders. [EaterWire]
• Occidental Brewing has reopened its taproom for outdoor seating. [NSB]
Portland Monthly has the scoop on where to find cheese tea in Portland. [PoMo]
• The Small Business Administration has opened applications for restaurant revitalization fund grants; business owners can apply here and learn more here. [E]