NEW PAD: Everything was not peachy at the now-closed Pok Pok Wing in Brooklyn. Last week, New York media reported that owner Andy Ricker was giving up his plan to open wing joints across the city and would instead sellâno jokeâpad thai. Just six months ago, Ricker told WW he was planning to use his Red Hook prep kitchen to supply wings to outlets across New York (âThai Hard,â Feb. 1, 2012), calling the plan âa science experiment.â Ricker says Wing was a victim of its own success, as the production facility was too small to keep Pok Pok Wing supplied. He adds the initial success was ânearly a miracleâ and âa testament to how hard we have all been working.â However, itâs worth noting that the cityâs health department had branded the restaurant with a âCââthe lowest grade, displayed in the restaurantâs front window. Ricker said the grade wasnât a factor, calling the health department âa fucking nightmareâ that âevery single restaurant operator in NYC lives in fearâ of because violations âgenerate a massive amount of revenue.â âWe had an inspector who was looking to fill his quota, or maybe put on the wrong underwear that morning,â he says. Worth noting: Rickerâs Portland Pok Pok restaurants have top health grades.
OREGON FAMOUS: Leading the pack of inductees to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame is perhaps the most divisive rock band in the stateâs history: Everclear. The current incarnation of the band will play a special induction ceremony and concert on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Aladdin Theater. Awkwardly, ex-members Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund will also be on hand for the bandâs induction, presumably watching their replacements play their songs. Also on the inductee list are still-saxy-after-all-these-years Patrick Lamb and the U-Krew, the animal-print-clad outfit that paved the way for the Portland hip-hop scene with its own new-jack-swing-inspired hits. OMHOFâs 2012 artist and album of the year awards went to the Decemberists.
NORM!: ParaNorman, the second feature from Portland-based animation studio Laika, made a modest debut at the box office last weekend, pulling in $14 million and placing third, behind top earner The Expendables 2 and the previous weekâs champion, The Bourne Legacy. The lukewarm returns mirror the critical reception: Although the supernatural stop-motion caper has received positive reviewsâit currently enjoys an 88 percent âfreshâ rating on Rotten Tomatoesâthe response has not been as rapturous as that which greeted Laikaâs first film, Coraline, in 2009. That movie, based on a popular book by Neil Gaiman, made about $3 million more in its first weekend.
ELECTION TIME: WW spent the summer collecting craft beer from all 50 states, then gathered Portland beer experts for a blind taste-off. You can read the results in our President of Beers series beginning Friday, Aug. 24, at wweek.com.