Dovetail Bakery has opened at NE 31st and Alberta. I’m told they used to be be in the wholesale baking business in St. Johns. According to my source, they have good items.
I twittered last month about Chef Paul Hyman of Nel Centro getting the boot. Reviews around town have been mixed at best. The owner, David Machado, has taken over the kitchen. Such a pleasant patio, I hope he can tweak the food to match.
Byron Beck says that Bruce Carey Enterprises is opening a pizza place in the pearl. “Word is that Via Tribunali will pop up downtown and will be a co-venture with another restaurant group that’s already started to make a splash in the Portland market. No word on when Via Tribunali will actually open, as the venture is still in the early stages.”
Well, he’s got one pretty good restaurant. Maybe this one will be good too.
The Bakery Bar at 2935 NE Glisan has gotten approval on their liquor license. Cocktails should be available soon. This seems to be a trend in bakeries… Random Order has a full liquor license, and Lovejoy Bakers which was excellent in my two visits, also pop to mind.
Rumor has it the new Barista coffee opening date has been pushed back slightly. They hope to be serving as of March 1st, just after the one year anniversary of the Pearl District location. Sterling Coffee Roasters opens this Sunday in the little tiny space next to the NW Portland Trader Joe’s, just in time for a Valentine’s day coffee outing.
As I reported back in October, Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches, were negotiating to take over the space at 1028 SE Water St., across from clarklewis, for a venture to be called “Bunk Bar“. This is finally a done deal. The second location will have a bigger kitchen, allowing them to expand their sandwich offerings.
Cha Ba Thai restaurant is opening in the old Vita Cafe spot at 3024 NE Alberta. Just what the street needs, the fifth Thai restaurant in 15 blocks. No word if the existing Sandy location will remain open.
Liquid Solutions, “Purveyors of World Class Beer, Tea and Coffee” has closed. A reader wrote asking if I know where their leftover inventory from the liquidation sale went. Anyone?
Micha Camden, the owner of DOC, Fat’s and Yakuza, is opening yet another restaurant. This one will be a burger joint called Little Big Burger in the old Chow space at 505 NW 14th in the Pearl District. The look and feel of the space, will be more upscale than the previous tenants.
I get lots of press releases and restaurant newsletters. Lots. To be honest, at this point, I hardly read most of them, but rather skim them quickly and post them for those who might be interested. One, however, stops me in my tracks every time. It is the Andina newsletter. I can’t imagine how much work they put into it, but it is usually profound, always educational, and always an interesting read. I think I pointed it out last year too, which means I must just be a sucker for love stories.
Speaking of a new look and feel, I just finished a redo of the Press Release section of this site. All press releases are broken down into the three categories you see on the front page: Restaurant News, Other News and Alcohol related news. It’s easy just to scan those columns, but if you are looking for something more specific like, “wine tasting”, just click on the alcohol menu, and select wine from the drop-down menu. Finally, if you prefer the standard blog experience, click on “Blog Format” on the top menu.
For those wanting press releases posted: I have done my best to find and assign thumbnail photos to each post, and have incorporated logos where I can find them. If you want to send one in, I will keep it in my files, and do my best to remember to associate it with your posts.
Of course, if you haven’t been to the main site for a month or so, you may not know it has had a total makeover. It’s MUCH easier to find things now.If you are one of the subscribers who rarely visit the site, take a look. The increased speed of a dedicated server and the new design has caused traffic to skyrocket, so there are quite a few more comments. The mobile version of the site has also been tweaked quite a bit, and looks really nice on iPhones and whatnot.
Finally, I want to thank all the people that write in with news tips, article links etc. I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to drop me a note.