It’s time to bring back this old chestnut—the top five posts on Bridgetown Bites in January 2019. Of the five, one post was written last year, and keeps showing up in my analytics—the closing of Salt, Fire & Time (I still miss that place). Anyway, here are the five posts you read most often this past month; and thanks to Eater and Reddit for the traffic.
Dreamy wood oven roasted olives at Fire and Stone are magic.
This morning I read the news on Instagram that Fire and Stone, a wood-fired restaurant in the Alameda/Beaumont-Wilshire area, is closing. The news made me quite sad, as I’ve been a fan of the restaurant since before I moved to Portland. When I was the editor of Northeast Neighbors magazine, we featured them there, and a number of local folks I interviewed over the months also spoke highly of them. I’ve eaten a number of meals there. I am sure everyone is sorry to see them go. Continue reading “Fire and Stone To Close End of February 2018”
Well, that’s the end of an era—Blackwell’s Grub Steak Grill is closed here in the Hollywood District. First, the owner Jan dies (RIP), and that led the family to decide to close Blackwell’s this past Sunday.
According to the Willamette Week, Charlie De Lorme, Jan’s son, says “The family had considered selling the place before now, and had heard rumors that others were interested. ‘Now that we’re actually closing,’ he says, ‘they’re coming out of the woodwork.'”
I was unaware it was a Chinese restaurant way back when, too. That means the Mandarin and nearby Chin’s Kitchen were operating at the same time 35 years ago. And not far away was the Chinese Pagoda restaurant. So much Chinese-American food in a small area.
I’m also curious to know who is interested in the space now—it’s a good location and no doubt will fetch a pretty penny.
I’ll miss hearing the live blues music there on Wednesday nights. Thanks for the memories, Blackwell’s.