Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, November 2019

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After a little bit of a break (thank you, paid work), I’m back, and so here’s the top five posts from last month, November 2019. There was a lot of traffic thanks to refferals from PDX Eater, for which I am grateful! Here’s what you all liked last month—restaurant news, for the most part. As always, thanks for reading!

5. Second Profession Brewing Partnering With Arrowood Restaurant

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While driving along NE Sandy Blvd (again), I noticed that part of Second Profession Brewing windows were papered over—at this point after so many years of neighborhood blogging, papered-over windows always catch my eye and get me wondering. I stopped by and saw that the old pub that was part of the brewery is now going to be the restaurant Arrowood. The pub’s final day of business was July 31.

4. Salt, Fire & Time To Close This Month

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I was very sorry to hear that Salt, Fire & Time/Broth Bar (115 NE 6th Avenue) is set to close on March 24, after 10 years in the business. Last summer I found their collagen coolers to be very tasty, and over the years I had heard high praise for their bone broths. Owner Tessa Yellig posted a long announcement about the closing on Facebook, which ended with the news that she will be continuing her teaching and consulting at Wild Heart Solutions.

3. Restaurant Updates: Pizza, Bagels, Brunch and More

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I thought I’d catch us up on the current status of stories I’ve been following here on the blog.

2. Ben & Esther’s Bagels Coming to Sandy Blvd in Roseway

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I’ve learned that a new bagel shop is opening up on NE Sandy Blvd next to the Mom & Pop Wine Shop—Ben & Esther’s Bagels. It’s slated to open in October 2019 with a variety of bagels, schmears, salads and beverages.

1. The Lift Off Lounge Is Coming To NE Sandy Blvd

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Since I moved to Sumner, I find myself driving the strip of NE Sandy south to the Hollywood District fairly often, and have been really curious about what’s going into the old Stanley Printing building. After all, there is a very visually-appealing neon martini glass sign hung outside the building. I did some digging (and legwork) and found that something called The Lift Off Lounge is moving into that ground floor space, and a familiar name is behind it, according to city paperwork: Casey Maxwell, owner of the late Matador, a West Burnside bar that was open for decades and closed in 2014.

Note: the above photo of the entrance to The Lift Off Lounge also got a lot of attention! 156 page views all on its own.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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