POK POK, N.Y.: It looks like Andy Rickerâs vagabond shoes are longing to stray. New York magazineâs Food blog Grub Street reports this week that the Pok Pok chef is âaggressivelyâ scouting spaces in New York City (his preference is Brooklynâs Red Hook neighborhood, also home to Stumptownâs East Coast roastery) for the next outpost of his celebrated Thai eatery. The articleâwhich also talks to Matt Piacentini, co-owner of Clyde Common and New York restaurant the Beagle, and recent PDX-to-NYC transplant Matt Lightner, formerly of Castagnaâquotes Ricker as saying cooking in Portland âis not that challenging.â
FUTURE DRINKING: A pair of women from Sherwood are opening Vine Gogh, an âartists bar and studioâ in (of course) Sellwood, which will offer painting lessons and studio space along with beer and wine. >> Kenny & Zukeâs co-founder (and occasional WW contributor) Nick Zukin may have finally found a location for his long-planned taqueria. He has applied for a full license for the space at Southeast 50th Avenue and Division Street recently vacated by Hawthorne-bound Blue Pig Cafe, under the name Mi Mero Mole. >> Asia Delight Import & ExportâInc, a Sri Lankan food importer in West Slope, has applied for a beer-and-wine license. Intriguing! >> Josun Korean Grill has applied for a license for a strip-mall space at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. >> Downtownâs tony Arlington Club, where Portlandâs wealthy puppet masters have plotted the fates of us plebs since 1867, has applied for a brewpub license.
FU, MFNW: You canât make a MusicfestNW-sized omelet without breaking a few eggs. So in addition to WWâs own music festival, this weekend Portland will play host to a loosely organized âFree Fest Northwestâ (the Mount Tabor Theater, Kenton Club and Ash Street Saloon are each hosting shows Sept. 7-11); F*Musicfest on Sept. 11 at the Ella Street Lounge with the Ax and Holy Children (MFNW will technically be over before their show, so more power to them) and, of course, ChicharonifestNW, starring the Chicharones. Speaking of the Chicharones, the newly expanded local hip-hop big band recently inked a deal with Los Angelesâ Cashmere Management (ainât no thing, just the marketing group thatâs responsible for making Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga look good). The Chicharones are hoping to release their next discâprobably titled Swine Flew or Por Que, from what we hearâin late October. Brace yourselves.
NO MOâ LOMO: Another iconic downtown food cart looks to be throwing in the dish towel: Chozaâs Peruvian is for sale for $8,000 on Craigslist. Also for sale is the former mobile military kitchen that has previously housed Spud Locker, Joslynâs Ciao Chow and a Thai cart for about two weeks, and is now called Healthy Corner. Man, that place just canât catch a break.