BEAN GEEKS: After creating the latest must-have coffee-geek gadget last year with its reusable, stainless-steel pour-over coffee filter, the “Kone,” inner-Southeast coffee bar and roaster Coava has kicked off 2011 by leaking pictures of its latest invention on Twitter: the Kone Funnel, a “full immersion” glass brewer that appears to combine elements of pour-over, French press and Clever Coffee Dripper brewers into something that looks like a prop from a 1950s sci-fi film. The $50 Kone has already sold thousands in just two months. If the Funnel can make an even better cup, expect to see it popping up in top coffee bars on both coasts this year. It will be officially launched Jan. 18 at a coffee festival in Berkeley.
NO MORE TEN 01: Restaurant blog Eater PDX broke the news Monday that Adam Berger’s storied restaurant Ten 01 closed for good Jan. 1. Berger says he will honor gift certificates at his other restaurant, the still-in-business Tabla. We haven’t heard from any of Ten 01’s staff, but we’d like to suggest the restaurateurs of Portland hire pastry chef Jeff McCarthy immediately. The man is worth his weight in truffles.
KENTON CLUB: Disjecta’s New Year’s resolution? Pretty up the parking lot. The North Portland arts haven celebrates its 10th year of programming (at its own HQ and other venues around town) with the news that it will revamp its lot into something “a little greener, a little artier, and a lot more functional.” In other words, it plans to add an outdoor performance and event space, as well as “flora and flava...and rainwater harvesting” to its Kenton digs. The quality of visual and performing arts inside, luckily, aren’t being shifted; the year kicks off with Jewish Theatre Collaborative’s piece about the life and art of Charlotte Salomon and vis-arts curator Jenene Nagy’s first exhibition—a giant installation by Karl Burkheimer—in February.
TABLE SCRAPS: Big Ass Sandwiches, “Best Food Cart” winner in WW’s 2010 Best of Portland Readers Poll,has taken pity on locals who wake up late and still need to start their work week off with a sandwich as large as their forearm. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 11, the lunch cart expands its hours to offer dinner Monday and Tuesday(new hours 11 am-9 pm Monday-Tuesday, 11 am-3 pm Wednesday-Friday, 11 pm-3 am Friday and Saturday). >> Although Hollywood Wine and Espresso says goodbye to Northeast Portland this week, Scoop’s learned that the space will reopen later this winter as Magnolia’s Corner, a wine and local beer bottle shop with a handful of suds on tap.