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 ABCâs New Yearâs Rockinâ 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 yearâs Northwest Film & Video Festival in its boxes throughout November. The movies on the DVD include The True Believers, Nathaniel Bennettâs comedy about searching for Bigfoot.
OCCUPY FM: Portlandâs anarcho-eclectic community radio station KBOO is, predictably, totally losing its shit over Occupy Portland. As of Monday, Oct. 31, itâs coming live from camp every day from noon to 5 pm.
UNOCCUPIED: Not everyone is toeing the Occupy line. The Oregon Symphony issued a statement distancing itself from Thomas Lauderdaleâs Occupy Portland fundraiser. âThe Oregon Symphony is in the business of making great music,â a release said. âIt is not in the business of making political statements and takes great care not to do so.â
CARTASTROPHE! The 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 âlessen the residential character of the residentially zoned area.â 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.
ROASTED: In this yearâs Devour guide, we called Adam McGovernâs Sterling Coffee Roasters and Coffeehouse Northwest âjust about the only places worth caffeinating at west of I-405.â 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 Portlandâs Barista and Coava. Opening is set for December.