Scoop: Grimm Tidings, Cart Exodus and PreOccupation
Gossip that’s not about Kris and/or Kim.
GRIMM: Lots of people watched it. - IMAGE: nbc.com
MONSTER SMASH: Even though it was up against Game 7 of the World Series, Portland-filmed spooky series Grimm premiered with the highest non-sports broadcast network ratings for a Friday night since ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. This is a good a place for Aaron Mesh to eat crow for mistakes in his review of the Grimm pilot: NBC has ordered 12 additional episodes, not eight, and Ayanna Berkshire plays a doctor, not a nurse.
PIZZA AND A FLICK: Lonesome
Pizza, known for putting local artwork on its boxes, is now delivering
regional movies. On Monday, Oct. 31, Lonesome began teaming up with the
NW Film Center to insert DVDs of short films from last year’s Northwest
Film & Video Festival in its boxes throughout November. The movies
on the DVD include The True Believers, Nathaniel Bennett’s comedy about searching for Bigfoot.
OCCUPY FM: Portland’s
anarcho-eclectic community radio station KBOO is, predictably, totally
losing its shit over Occupy Portland. As of Monday, Oct. 31, it’s coming
live from camp every day from noon to 5 pm.
everyone is toeing the Occupy line. The Oregon Symphony issued a
statement distancing itself from Thomas Lauderdale’s Occupy Portland
fundraiser. “The Oregon Symphony is in the business of making great
music,” a release said. “It is not in the business of making political
statements and takes great care not to do so.”
Green Castle food cart pod at Northeast 20th Avenue and Everett Street
closed Monday, Oct. 31, displacing at least 14 carts. According to city
documents, the owners failed to obtain a zoning exception for the lot,
which is in a residential area, prior to opening. The Bureau of
Development Services found that allowing the food court would “lessen
the residential character of the residentially zoned area.” Several of
the displaced carts are moving elswhere: The Burger Guild to Southeast
50th Avenue and Division Street; Cackalacks Hot Chicken Shack, Viking
Soul Food and Sushi PDX to Good Food Here at 4262 SE Belmont St.; and
Gaufre Gourmet to Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street. >> Former
Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval has closed his Mississippi Avenue New
Mexican cart, Nuevo Mexico. >> Troy MacLarty, a former chef at
defunct Lovely Hula Hands, plans to open Bollywood Theater, an Indian
restaurant, on Northeast Alberta Street. >> Vegan burger cart Off
the Griddle is opening a brick-and-mortar in the former Cafe Monet space
at 5420 E Burnside St.
this year’s Devour guide, we called Adam McGovern’s Sterling Coffee
Roasters and Coffeehouse Northwest “just about the only places worth
caffeinating at west of I-405.” Competition is brewing: Ristretto
Roasters, which has two Northeast coffeehouses, is opening a third in
the Nicolai Building at 2181 NW Nicolai St. According to the roaster,
the cafe will feature a new pour-over system designed by owner and
roaster Din Johnson, and the space will be designed by Accelerated
Development, behind the look of Portland’s Barista and Coava. Opening is
set for December.