RESTAURANT HAPPENINGS: After meaty Northeast eatery Belly closed in April, Northwest izakaya Tanuki has designs on moving in, applying for a liquor application last week. >> Australian pie store Pacific Pie Co. has reopened in a new space on Southeast 7th Avenue at Hawthorne Boulevard, with an added restaurant and pub. >> The third iteration of Brasserie Montmarte has opened its doors, with Allium Bistroâs Pascal Chureau running the show and former Ten 01 chef Michael Hanaghan in the kitchen. >> Speaking of Ten 01 alums, former pastry chef Jeff McCarthy has taken a post as kitchen manager of new downtown commissary kitchen KitchenCru, where he has launched a monthly supper club called TopTen. Heâs not the only one using the space for pop-up dining events: Chef John Goddard has moved his Balkan dining series, LUKA, there; Sassafras Southern Kitchen is now using it for its canning and preserving classes (mmm, watermelon-rind pickles!); and Portland Meat Collective is teaching butchery classes.
B-DAY: Bob Dylan turned 70 on May 24, and WW has created a Bob Dylan covers EP, Buckets of Rain, to mark the occasion. The EP features Kyle Morton of Typhoon doing âBuckets of Rain,â And And And performing âBrownsville Girl,â St. Even covering âSimple Twist of Fate,â and Ghosties playing âSpanish Harlem Incident.â The EP is available for free download at wweek.com right now! The fabled fifth EP trackâfrom very busy, very awesome singer-songwriter Laura Gibsonâshould surface soon as a bonus track. Viva la Bob!
POD PEOPLE: Portlandâs largest food-cart pod, centered on the parking lot at Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street, continues to grow, with the addition of 11 new carts. Newcomers include sandwich cart Picnic, Thai cart Bangkok Duck and Chicken, Vietnamese cart Red Guava, sushi cart Rolls Plus, hand-pulled noodle cart Noodle House, burger cart Twisted Sistas, BBQ cart Touch Downâs, Mexican cart El Rodeo, Brazilian cart Best of Brazil, Mediterranean cart Shish Kabob, and panini cart Primi Panini.
Y DO BIG THINGS: Portland folk-pop outfit Y La Bamba is out on its biggest tour to dateâopening East Coast dates for the unstoppable Neko Caseâand keeping a tour diary at wweek.com of its travels. The Portland seven-piece already saw the underbelly of Middle America en route to meeting Case, and last week the band recorded a âTiny Desk Concertâ with NPR, video evidence of which should be on the Web in short order. Y La Bambaâs latest tour diary, written in Mad-Lib form, is especially fun: âThe next morning as we start our drive towards Nelsonville, OH, we see a fan from the night before on the corner smiling and waving. We then hear, as we round the corner, âGodspeed, you limpdick sandbags!ââ