From the Portland Mercury - The short application window for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Portland to apply for up to $10,000 in emergency grant funding opened Monday. The $2 million grant package, approved by Portland City Council last week, is expected to support at least 150 local businesses who've been … [Read more...] about Small Businesses – Apply for Portland Emergency Grant Within 72 Hours!
Gabriel Rucker and Vitaly Paley are both offering live programs on Instagram Rucker of Le Pigeon and Canard restaurants is hosting "Live Cooking with Chef Gabriel Rucker" every Wednesday and Friday at 6 pm, and Sunday brunch at 12 pm for live cooking demonstrations from his home kitchen. I remembered to watch the … [Read more...] about Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place, etc. Offer Demo’s
Over the past week, I have received more and more notices that restaurants that were offering take-out, are now closing entirely. Here is a detailed reason by Andy Ricker of Pok Pok: Dear Portland, Today I made the decision to close all Pok Pok Restaurants for the duration of the Covid19 crisis. I … [Read more...] about More Restaurants Temporarily Closing, Ending Takeout
If this temporary closure of businesses continues for very long, I fear many will never reopen. The amount of money it takes to float a closed restaurant, even with the doors shut, will surely tip any that weren't on a sound financial ground over the edge. My gut tells me this is the first of many, and I wonder what … [Read more...] about First Permanent Closure Announced and Chef Greg Higgins Shares Thoughts
I've been working with a friend for the past two years doing websites for various Portland businesses and non-profits. It's something we do to keep our minds elastic and frankly, we both are retired and get pretty bored. After wondering what I can do to help the restaurant community, it occurred to me that many may … [Read more...] about Open Offer for Free Website Help for Area Restaurants
This announcement from Governor Kate Brown today: Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced new measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus transmission in Oregon, including new orders and guidance on social distancing, an agreement for the Portland metro hospital system to coordinate resources and increase … [Read more...] about Oregon Restaurants and Bars limited to Takeout, Delivery Only
For a week my PR inbox has been filling with restaurants announcing increased sanitation and reassurance that they are following all the recommended steps for preventing the spread of COVID-19. There was even one that seemed to me, rather tone-deaf, which used math to downplay the entire threat. I can't imagine what … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Impacts Oregon Restaurant Community
Lionheart is the best coffee in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area. Last year I was driving back from an early hike at Cooper Mountain in far SW Beaverton when Lionheart Coffee caught my eye and I stopped in. To my surprise, they had a 6.oz cappuccino - a rarity in the area, and even better, it was the best I have had on … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Lionheart Coffee