BETWEEN THE BUNS: Portland hot-dog vendors are red hot over Franz bakeryâs new lighter, smaller hot-dog buns. âIt came as a real surprise,â says Mark Atkinson, owner of Big Tommyâs Brooklyn Dogs near Delta Park in North Portland. âSome of my customers get the whole shebang. You try to put ketchup, mustard, pickles, sauerkraut, Mancini fried onions and jalapeÃ±os on it and it wonât fit. Theyâve altered the product to the point itâs unsuitable.â Atkinson was told Franz is still making buns to the old specifications for Costco. âI donât want to buy a membership,â he says. âI go to Franz every day. Iâve figured out how the bread was made-ânot by the sell-by date but by their code.â Franz had no comment.
OPEN UP: Beloved Division Street food cart Shut Up and Eat plans to open a brick-and-mortar eatery at 3848 SE Gladstone St. Shut Up and Eatâs giant sandwiches and freshly fried potato chips have been a longtime favorite of Scoop, and weâre proud to see an Eat Mobile alum moving on up. >> Meanwhile, Shut Up and Eatâs neighbors, Run Chicken Run, might be making a similar move. Pitan Ponlakhanâwho we assume is the same Pitan Ponlakhan who owns the Thai cart in the D50 podâis opening a brick-and-mortar eatery called Nudi at 4310 SE Woodstock Blvd., replacing short-lived Japanese restaurant Momoyama. >> Going the opposite direction, inner-Southeastâs Slow Bar is spinning off its popular burgers into a stand-alone jointâcalled Slow Burgerâat 2325 NE Glisan St.
BRUTE GLUTE: Thereâs a battle brewing over the gluten-free beer market. Widmer Bros. spent lots of time and money figuring out how to remove the gluten from barley to make its new beer, Omission, only to have a federal agency say only âbeersâ made with rice, sorghum or the like can make the claim. More here.
NEED CASH: A local director is in the final stages of a sprawling film on country-music legends the Carter Family. Beth Harrington, a Grammy-nominated documentarian, has been working on the movie-âwhich includes one of Johnny Cashâs last interviewsâsince 2003. Sheâs hoping to raise money via Kickstarter. To raise awareness, Harrington staged a group performance of the Carter classic âWill the Circle Be Unbrokenâ at the Skidmore Fountain during a recent Saturday Market.
RIP: Sean Roberts, bassist and vocalist for well-loved â90s Portland rock trio Thirty Ought Six, died June 8 at his parentsâ home in Alexandria, Va., according to Web posts. The details of Robertsâ death were unclear as of press time. Thirty Ought Six broke up in 1996 after playing dates on the Lollapalooza tour. The band brought punk energy without sacrificing melody or lyricism. âSean was always a kind, funny, intense, energetic and very heartfelt kind of person,â says Pete Krebs of Hazel. âIâm sad to hear of his passing, and I hope that his spirit has found peace.â