Awkward Settlement Reached Over Besaw’s Name

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Yet another press release has been released over the Besaw's name battle. I'll post it in full below. It appears that the landlord, C.E. John is attempting to mitigate all the bad publicity over the dispute with Besaw's owner Cana Flug by saying, "All funds paid in the settlement will be donated by C.E. John to several … [Read more...]

Lovejoy Bakers to Open Sorellina

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[updated Sunday] The owners of Lovejoy Bakers have announced they will be opening a new Italian-inspired restaurant, Sorellina. Apparently, this restaurant will be replacing Sal's Famous Italian Kitchen, which has faltered over the years. As Lovejoy Bakers are the owners of Sal's (and the Pizzicato chain), it sounds … [Read more...]

Tavern on Kruse Opens


Tavern on Kruse in Lake Oswego has officially opened. The new restaurant on the corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive is owned by Kent and Joelle Lewis, the same people behind the popular Uptown Billiards Club in Northwest Portland. The restaurant's executive chef Nathan Bates will oversee both restaurants, and Brandon … [Read more...]

Screen Door Adding Daily Brunch

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Screen Door is one of Portland's most popular brunch places, always taking the number two spot on our Best of Portland surveys. In a move that is bound to drive up local sales of cholesterol drugs, the restaurant is adding daily brunch - daily as in 7 days a week.  According to Portland Monthly, the restaurant will … [Read more...]

Martinotti’s Cafe & Deli Closing


The Oregonian reports that Martinotti's, a downtown fixture since 1978, is closing. Martinotti's is kind of like a family run Italian/European "general store", stocking lots of cooking ingredients, supplies and hard to find wines. The store is a victim of Portland's ever-increasing rents. The Martinotti's are hoping to … [Read more...]

Blue Star Donuts Expanding to Los Angeles

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Why yes, I'm playing catch up from vacation. As I mentioned back in February, Blue Star Donuts is expanding once again, this time to Los Angeles. The new shop, opening in late July, is at 1142 Abbot Kinney Road in West LA, which puts it in the Venice Beach area. This follows the unveiling of their Camden's Blue … [Read more...]