SKINNY KENNY: Because Chef Ken Gordon of Kenny & Zukeâs is now writing a column for The Oregonian about his life as a chef with diabetes, the downtown deliâknown for its gut-busting double-decker sandwiches, pastrami fries and heavily schmeared bagelsâis adding a healthy menu. You can now get smaller, leaner sandwiches, a âleanâ burger (itâs still 765 calories, so we shudder to think whatâs in the normal burger), chopped salad, a Mediterranean mezza plate, and a few other âlighterâ dishes. In less healthy K&Z news, the deli has finally acquired a full liquor licenseâthat means you can now add vodka to any of its sodas, or have a boozy brunch with a small cocktail menu that includes a âJerky Maryâ and an âX-Rated Egg Cream.â
NEW PEARLS: In other drinky news, the Davis Street Tavern people are taking over the currently empty former Fenouil space for a new place called Jamison. Itâs the fourth highish-profile planned opening in and around the Pearl District for this yearâthe area is also expecting Christopher Israelâs Corazon at Southwest 12th Avenue and Washington Street; New York transplant Ken Norrisâ long promised fish house, Riffle NW, in the old 50 Plates space at Northwest 13th Avenue and Flanders Street; and the Parish, the EaT: An Oyster Barâs ownersâ second New Orleans-inspired restaurant, at 231 NW 11th Ave.
PLAYHOUSE SAVED: The Portland City Council voted unanimously Feb. 29 to overturn the Bureau of Development Services ruling that Portland Playhouse must cease producing theater at its home of three years, a former church in the King neighborhood. The companyâs next show, Tarell Alvin McCraneyâs In the Red and Brown Water, will open as planned March 31 at the church.
LOMPOCALYPSE NOW: WW is counting down the precious few days until the New Old Lompoc on Northwest 23rd Avenue becomes the ground floor of some shitty new yuppieplex. Weâve heard a rumor the last batch of beer, to be called Lompocolypse, will be brewed this week by alum thatâve since scattered. We couldnât confirm the recipe, and do not wish to start crazy rumors, but what weâve heard sounds ridiculous and awesome.
CONGRATS, ASHLEY: Saturday, March 3, saw 72 teams of food-cart enthusiasts hit the streets of Portland for WWâs second annual Cartathlon. The food-cart-focused scavenger hunt gave the teams four hours to travel around the cityâs best street vendors, completing challenges and taking photos, in a race to win free cart food for a year. Congratulations to winning team âDirty Ashley.â
GENERATION SELL: Want to live the Portland dream and open a failing restaurant? Weâve made the process even easier with our patent-pending Portland restaurant concept generator. Now if youâll excuse us, weâre off to open our new macrobiotic izakaya, Skull & Pickle PÃ¢tisserie.