Updated: Leaving the closing of Kingdom of Roosevelt in the rear view mirror, Eric Bechard has filed for a liquor license for “Albatross” in Astoria on the North Oregon coast. According to someone familiar with the matter, the tiny space at 225 14th Street between Commercial and Marine, will serve “farm-to-table sandwiches” – counter seating, with a full alcoholic beverage license.
Additionally, Bechard has purchased the old Finnish Steam Bath. He’s using it to live in and as his shop for the build out. According to our tipster, he wants to make Astoria “an even more interesting place to live”. I have no doubt that he will succeed.
Little T American Baker which opened their SE Division St. location in 2008, has opened an eagerly anticipated second location in downtown. The mixers are churning and the ovens are burning – in a good way. Little T has a strong following, placing second in our reader surveys each year. The new location is in
Diagon Alley Union Way – that little alley that was cut through the building across from Clyde Common, which once housed Red Cap Garage. They are serving a small selection of breakfast items – granola, pastries, ham & cheese on a pretzel, etc. Currently, three sandwiches are available for lunch: Turkey & Apple Chutney with gina marie cream cheese, Italian Salamis with olive salad and pecorino, and a Pomodoracccio Tomato featuring fresh mozzarella and basil. Coffee is by Coava. You’ll find Little T at 1022 W Burnside (at 10th). Hours Mon – Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat – Sun 9 am – 5 pm. Of course they have a ton of different breads: short skinny, long skinny, double long, pretzel roll, spelt, slab, herb slab, olive slab, seeded hoagie, sally lunn, pan de agua, flauta de agua, house loaf (1/4 kilo or 1 kilo), rustic baguette, and the “baker’s whim”. You’ll also find cookies, cupcakes and pastries: sea salt brownie, seasonal fruit brown betty, lemon curd tartlet, hazelnut dacquoise, date granola bar, birthday cupcakes, fancy sandwich cookies, peanut butter brittle cookie, choc chip, molasses, shortbread cookies, croissant, chocolate praline croissant, kouign amann, seasonal fruit danish, world cup pecan puff, pistachio bear paw, cream cheese brioche tart, fruit spelt muffins, a daily scone. You’ve been warned.
Yesterday I mentioned Kevin Sandri, who just left Alberta Street Pub. A commenter says he has reappeared at the just opened Green Zebra Grocery at 3011 North Lombard St.
I always mistakenly refer to Morgan’s Alley downtown as Diagon Alley-a little embarrassing when I’m directing one of my customers to the shoe repair shop there!