Black Rock Coffee Bar Is Coming to the Hollywood District


Looks like the Hollywood District is getting another coffee shop—Oregon-based chain Black Rock Coffee Bar will open in a ground floor retail space in the new Laurel42 apartment building. They closed their Pearl District location in late February, but had already signed a lease for this space the December prior.

Here’s a better shot of the building they’ll be in:


My understanding is that they will start the buildout sometime in May with hopes to open in May (though it’s pretty raw inside right now); my guess it’s going to be more like early summer, just in time for their fancy iced and blended coffee drinks, fruity Rockstar coolers, among others.

Black Rock is just one of at least three possible retail tenants for this building; I’ll be curious to see what else opens up there.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Black Rock!

Black Rock Coffee Bar (coming soon)
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Portland Pizza Week 2019 Is Almost Here


Portland has some great food-themed weeks (and months), and the next one on the docket is Pizza Week, produced by the Portland Mercury. From Monday through Saturday, April 15-20, over 40 slices at pizzerias across the city will be available for just $2.

This year there are plenty of puns in the names of the slices: Moroccan Your World, Over Acheeser, This Is Spinal Hatch, and Taco’n It to the Streets, to start. Nice job, everyone. Continue reading “Portland Pizza Week 2019 Is Almost Here”

Scenes From the SE Belmont H Mart Grand Opening


The new sign at the new H Mart on SE Belmont. Wednesday, April 10 was the date of their grand opening. Note the Belmont Dairy cow image is still there.

Many of us have been anticipating the opening of Korean grocery store chain H Mart for many months, and it was such a nice experience to finally be able to visit the store and shop there. The place was constantly busy, extremely clean, and very tidy. I’ve shopped at my share of Asian grocery stores over the years (mostly in NYC), and overall really enjoyed my experience here in this shiny new store; to contrast, Manhattan’s K-Town location of H Mart feels like you’re going into a dingy cave. Continue reading “Scenes From the SE Belmont H Mart Grand Opening”

Main Season Returns to Hollywood Farmers Market


West entrance to the Hollywood Farmers Market

One of the great things (among many) about living in the Hollywood District is the proximity to the Hollywood Farmers Market. It’s definitely been one of the perks of living in this part of Portland. They host a lot of variety in vendors, have a friendly staff, and it’s an overall pleasant way to spend part of the morning. I took a few photos there on this very rainy morning and wanted to share them here. Continue reading “Main Season Returns to Hollywood Farmers Market”