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A New Music Venue Is Taking Over the Greek Cusina Space

Plus, a number of Oregon breweries are donating money to replant wildfire-damaged forests

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After More Than 10 Years Vacant, the Former Greek Cusina Space Will Soon Become a Venue

Long-term Portlanders may remember wandering around downtown Portland and passing Greek Cusina, with its massive purple octopus and its boisterous servers. After a conflict between the owner and the city regarding safety violations, the restaurant closed back in 2010. Soon, however, Chris Pfeifer — of the now-closed Barrel Room — will turn the space into a music venue, also hosting comics and podcast recordings. The space will have a full food menu and, eventually, two separate event spaces. Pfeifer says the venue should be open this fall or winter. [WWeek]

A Group of Oregon Beverage Companies Are Raising Money to Replant Burnt Oregon Forests

Pelican Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Portland Cider Company, and Stoller Wine are working with the nonprofit Oregon Parks Forever in a major fundraising effort: $1 from every six-pack and 375 milliliter can of wine sold in July and August will go to replanting trees in wildfire-ravaged forest land. The four businesses are hoping to raise enough money to plant 25,000 trees, but Oregon Parks Forever wants to plant closer to one million trees. Donate directly to the cause here. [WW]

In Other News...

Saucey, an alcohol delivery app, has landed in Portland [EW]
• Alpenrose Dairy has partnered with Pacific Coast Fruit Company to develop a CSA-style box with seasonal produce from Pacific Northwestern farmers like Siri and Sons and Gunkel Orchards. [EW]
• Little Caesars is testing out its vegan pepperoni (“planteroni”) here, because of course. [O]
• A private equity firm has purchased Ste. Michelle Wine Estates — which owns pioneering Oregon winery Erath — for more than $1 billion. [O]

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