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Portland’s Destination Thai Restaurant, Langbaan, Is Moving to Northwest Portland

Plus, Portland restaurants are now starting to voluntarily shut down their dining rooms as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

A picture of a curry at Langbaan. Two hands with tattooed arms hold a white bowl with a brown-red curry, plus dots of white coconut milk.
A dish from Langbaan. The supper club will move across the river into a new Thai restaurant from the prolific restaurateur Earl Ninsom.
Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Langbaan Will Move Into Incoming Northwest Portland Restaurant Phuket Cafe

Portland restaurateur Earl Ninsom, responsible for some of the city’s finest Thai restaurants, is opening a new restaurant in Northwest Portland. Phuket Cafe, taking over the former Ataula space, isn’t just going to serve Eric Nelson cocktails and all-day Thai fare; it’ll also serve as the home for the next phase of Langbaan, the Thai-supper-club-turned-drinking-snack-spot formerly tucked behind Paadee. Paadee will take over the extra square footage once home to Langbaan, and Langbaan will serve its final tasting menus at the Southeast Portland restaurant through the fall. [Oregonian]

Portland Dining Rooms Begin to Shut Down in Response to the Delta Variant

Northeast Portland Spanish spot Urdaneta has decided to shut down its dining room starting August 17, in response to the highly contagious delta variant’s rapid-fire spread across the state. “With cases on the rise, and concerns about the new delta variant, it seems like gathering indoors unmasked is not in the best interest of anyone,” co-owner Jael Canteras says. “It feels the most responsible to our staff and community at large to do the best we can to minimize potential spread.” The Canteras’s are not alone: Dots Cafe has also shut down its indoor dining and drinking once again.

Mid City Smashburger Will Open Its Own Restaurant

The breakout star food cart specializing in crispy, cheesy smashburgers will soon have a bit more space to stretch out. Owner Mike Aldridge is taking over the former home of Bernstein’s Bagels in St. Johns, selling cheeseburgers, $5 margaritas, and White Claws. Aldridge wants to open the new MidCity location by November. [O]

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