Restaurant Updates: Pizza, Bagels, Brunch and More


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

The Lift Off Lounge is open. Newcomer praised as a highly anticipated “non dive-bar” for the neighborhood (Rose City Park/Hollywood), The Lift Off Lounge had their soft opening last week; response from the neighborhood seems pretty positive. On Tuesday they posted on their Instagram account, “Thanks to everyone who came out to support for our soft opening weekend!!!……. we will be opening for regular hours sometime this week.” From what I can gather, 5pm seems to be their opening time of choice until they establish their regular hours. 5216 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland


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Four Things I Learned This Week (October 4)

Here we go again—four new-to-me things I learned in Portland food this week.

Raclette returns to Cheese Bar. You know the weather has cooled down when the raclette comes out. Cheese Bar (6031 SE Belmont Street) does a terrific version every Wednesday, “until the tulips come up in the spring.” The melty cheese action starts at 5:30pm and goes until the cheese is gone. For $7 you get a plate of roasted potatoes, ham, cornichons and house mustard all topped with this wonderful Alpine cheese.

The rent is too damn high in Montavilla. Townshend’s Montavilla Teahouse (7940 SE Stark Street) is closing; the last day is Sunday, October 13. Word on the street is that they can’t afford the rent. This is just the latest in Stark Street closings, with the fear of gentrification nagging with each shuttering.

But there’s a new tea spot coming to NE Glisan. Neighbor Benjamin K reports that Glisan Halal (7830 NE Glisan) will open a small cafe next door. They’ll offer Arab-style tea (“black tea with cream brewed with cardamom, cinnamon and sugar”) and small bites (e.g. sambusas). Look for them in a couple of months.

Delores has a new bar menu. A small but focused menu, the food at the bar at Delores (1401 SE Morrison Street) sounds delicious! Save a kielbasa slider for me.

Four Things I Learned This Week (September 27)

We’re back with four news tidbits in Portland-area food this week.

Happy in Happy Valley. Loved learning about this place for hand-stretched (and hand-cut) noodles in Happy Valley, Noodle Man.

Puffy pancake alert. The fluffy, puffy Japanese-style pancakes are available in Beaverton at La Rose Patisserie.

RIP Rip City Grill. Rip City Grill closed last Saturday  9/21 on SE Division at 60th. Good news, though: their truck and SW Waterfront cart are still in business.

Also closing: Laurelwood Brewing. The Sellwood-Moreland/Westmoreland location of Laurelwood Brewing is closing as well; their Sandy Blvd brewery will stay open. This weekend is the end of the road. It comes down to a hike in rent, something we will likely continue to see for some time and that could spell the end for restaurants throughout Portland. Competition will only get more intense.

Conventional wisdom says that the reason Portland’s food scene was able to flourish years ago was cheap rents and cheap land (property) prices. It’s not a surprise that those days are over, for the most part. Plus, some food carts will no doubt close because of new requirements re: cleanliness. Change—it’s the only constant.

Four Things I Learned This Week (September 20)

It’s here! Here are four things I learned this week in Portland food.

Old news, with an update. It was reported a little while back that The Sudra, a vegan Indian restaurant—that makes some of the most flavorful food in town— is going to open up in the Revere building on N Mississippi. The new detail is that they plan to be open there around November.

Changes at Nonna. Italian comfort food resto Nonna will close its doors on September 28 as a restaurant. Then the transition:  “After more than five years of happily dishing up creative Italian comfort food and cocktails in the Concordia neighborhood, Nonna Tavern will stop serving nightly dinner and re-boot as a multi-use catering kitchen, parties, educational workshop and collab pop-up event space.” To get your last plates of their delicious food, head over on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, 5pm till close. I look forward to seeing what the changes bring to the neighborhood.

Cider Riot is for sale. Sounds like a sad but sound financial decision. “Goldman-Armstrong said a costly expansion in 2016 coupled with cider sales below what he and his investors had projected left them with little choice other than to put their facility, equipment and brand on the market.

Bankrupt but not closing. Kenny & Zuke’s deli will file for bankruptcy—Chapter 11. They will reorganize and pay off their mountainous debt… but they are not closing. According to the owner, they are “absolutely [in] no danger of closing, or curtailing operations in any way.” The yums will keep coming.