PIE HIGH: Salemâs Straight From New York Pizza appears to have applied for a liquor license for one half of the former Dixie Mattress Co. buildingâtwo doors down from where Itâs A Beautiful Pizza closed last year. Belmont will be pie-less no longer.
PIE HIGHER: Speaking of pizza: Scoop just got word that Chef Brian Nakamura of Portlandâs Slice Brick Oven Pizza cart nabbed sixth place in the Western Division of the 250-plus competitor World Pizza Championships in Las Vegas on Sunday. Nakamura brought the flava with his âMushroom Madnessâ pizza, which combines Willamette Valley chardonnay cream sauce, fontina, Oregon mushrooms and white truffles. You can get a truffle-less version of the winning pizza at Sliceâs cart at the D Street Noshery pod (Southeast 32nd Avenue and Division Street).
STATUS UPDATE: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted out and about in Portland last weekend. Twitter spies had him at Stumptown Coffee, the Saturday Market and the PBJs Grilled peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich cart. Why the hell is he here? Well, according to gadfly Byron Beck (byronbeck.com), rumor is that Zuckerberg recently purchased a place in the Pearl District.
BRIDGE UP: BridgePort Brewingâs Ale House will close for four weeks for what it is calling a âmodest renovationâ: revamping its look, menu and entire staff. Ale House employees recently received three weeksâ notice of termination and severance pay, a representative from BridgePort Brewing Company told WW in a statement. After reopening in mid-April, the Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard joint will cease its lunchtime service, opening at 4 pm six days a week with a new menu featuring âold favorites and new standouts.â âSometimes it becomes evident that a restaurant just needs a fresh start,â the company wrote. âThat being said, we have informed the staff that we will give anyone who wished to reapply in April at the very least an interview in advance of anyone else who might apply.â
SCOTT GARREDCredits: superxxman.comDOWN UNDER GIVETH, DOWN UNDER TAKETH AWAY: Just when we think Australia is Portlandâs allyâweâre pretty proud of fuzzy-headed Trail Blazer Patty Mills and cart-loving alt-weekly writer Ruth Brownâthe country that bred the Bee Gees goes and ruins everything. Scott Garred, who has wowed Portland in a very understated fashion these past nine years as Super XX Man, is moving down under (yes, thatâs how bad the U.S. economy is). The top-notch local singer-songwriter will play his final Portland show of the foreseeable future Thursday, March 17, at the Alberta Street Pub. We honestly couldnât be any sadderâthis is like Roccoâs Pizza closing down. Wait, what!? Roccoâs Pizza closed too!? Portland is so over.