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Voodoo Doughnut Will Open in Vancouver Amid Pickets at Its Original Location

Plus, Rogue Valley restaurants are struggling with COVID-related shortages, and more news to start the day

A platter of elaborately decorated doughnuts.
A tray of doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Voodoo Doughnut Will Open a Shop Near the Vancouver Mall

Voodoo Doughnut is planning to open its first Washington State location in November, its 12th location. Voodoo Doughnut, which has accrued flocks of tourists at its Old Town location since 2003, went on a large-scale expansion push when CEO Chris Schultz joined the company four years ago; Schultz told the Columbian that he’s been eyeing a Vancouver location since his arrival. The company is chipping away at the opening while the company’s union, which it does not recognize, has been consistently protesting working conditions at the original Old Town location. Voodoo Doughnut’s Vancouver location will take over a former Chase Bank branch at 8203 NE Vancouver Mall Drive. [C]

In Other News...

• Restaurant owners in Ashland are dealing with shortages related to a COVID-19 outbreak at United Natural Food Inc.’s Centralia location, which stocks restaurant supply stores like Chef’store. [KOBI]
• Non-alcoholic beer sales jumped in 2021, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association: Breweries sold more than 120,000 cases of alcoholic beer in 2021, compared to 75,000 cases of non-alcoholic beer in 2020. Oregon breweries are a part of the trend, with both Deschutes and Crux introducing non-alcoholic beers this year. [EaterWire]
• It’s Burger Week: Through August 22, a number of Portland restaurants are selling $6 burgers at more than 35 different restaurants, including Boke Bowl, Danwei Canting, Salvador Molly’s, and more. Here’s the full list. [Merc]
• In other “week” news, Portland Beer Week returns on August 20, featuring events like the New Oregon Breweries Showcase at Imperial Bottle Shop, the Fresh Hop Seminar & Tasting at Zoiglhaus Brewery, and a brewers rooftop brunch at the Migration rooftop. [NSB]