PIE DREAMS: The pizza prospects for Portlandâs west side are looking up: The old Roccoâs building on West Burnside Street and 10th Avenue is being transformed into the second outpost of eastside late-night slice joint Sizzle Pie; Nostranaâs Cathy Whims and Aviation Gin founder Ryan Magarian are teaming up for a new pizza and cocktail restaurant called Oven & Shaker in the Pearl; and the local outpost of Seattleâs Via Tribunali is slated finally to open its doors at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Ankeny Street sometime in July.
CHEF SHUFFLE: Former Genoa chef Alex Bourgidu is taking over the kitchen at Pearl District wine bar Vino Paradiso, which will be renamed and transformed into a more food-centered business, focusing on the cuisine of Piedmont. Vino Paradisoâs departing chef, Paul Losh, will be moving to Northeast Killingsworth Streetâs D.O.C., replacing chef Timothy Wastell, who is moving to Firehouse in Woodlawn.
JOHN GRADE’S FOLDCredits: John GradeALL THE RIGHT FOLDS: Seattle-based sculptor and conceptual artist John Grade took home the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize at the opening ceremonies for Portland Art Museumâs second Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. PAM executive director Brian Ferriso announced the award to a packed house in the museumâs sunken ballroom Saturday, June 18. Grade, one of seven artists featured in the CNWAA exhibition, made a strong showing with his innovative sculptures, which draw on the 1960s-â70s tradition of Land Art. In particular, his massive sculpture Fold commands space with biomorphic curves broken into myriad hollow wooden boxes. The exhibition, showing at the art museum through Sept. 11, is curated by PAMâs curator of Northwest art, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson.
GRÃ¼NER GROWS: Nuevo Alpine restaurant GrÃ¼ner is opening an adjoining barâwelcome news to anyone who has tried to snag one of the scarce seats at the West End eateryâs current bar. Named Kask, the new bar will focus on local, artisan spirits, beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie, and will feature bartender Tommy Klus (formerly of Teardrop, Bluehour and St. Jack) behind the stick. Itâs slated to open Friday, June 24.
THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON: The Mount Tabor Theater closed unexpectedly last week, forcing the music venue to relocate and reschedule two shows, as financial disputes between the buildingâs owner and club management intensified, sources said. Current management could not be reached for comment, but building owner Philip Ragaway said he was confident the venue would reopen under temporary management in a matter of weeks and carry out the bulk of its remaining show schedule before finding new management. âThe Tabor has had a lot of fisherman pilots,â Ragaway added. âI need Capt. Stubing from The Love Boat.â