THE TRUE STORY: In June, the face of Portland screwed into a collective cringe of faux-disgust as MTV announced that our humble cityâwhere people donât even own TVs, manâwould be the location for the 28th season of the once-pioneering reality program The Real World. Shooting wraps Nov. 1, with the premiere set for early 2013. Thanks to the prying eyes of one intrepid blogger, however, we already have an idea of what to expect. Chris Mathews, author of the blog CGMusings and the Twitter account @realworldpdxspy, has been keeping tabs on the cast via his Pearl apartment. Among the juicy tidbits reported so far: They eat at Pizza Schmizza a lot, one cast member allegedly gets replaced, another is missing four fingers on their left hand, they go to a Timbers game, there is a dog that may be named Daisy, they play a game of dodgeball, and they apparently almost never cross the river.
CART OF GOLD: The cringe-inducingly-titled D-Street Noshery food-cart pod is officially closing Oct. 31. Our favorite Guamanian cart, PDX 671, has already moved to Northeast 52nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, the Pie Spot has moved to Northeast 24th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard in anticipation of its upcoming brick-and-mortar space there, and Blues City Biscuits is for sale. The Koi Fusion truck will move to a new pod called âThe Rowâ at Southeast 2nd Avenue and Oak Street (that parking lot where you make out with sketchy people you meet at Rotture or Branx. Yeah, you know the one), joining forces with other power players in Portlandâs food-cart âcartel,â including Whiffies, Big Ass Sandwiches and Pyro Pizza. So it will basically be the greatest food-cart pod ever. The Row is expected to open Oct. 26.
FUTURE DRINKING: The previously announced westside outlet of John Gorhamâs Tasty N Sons, Tasty N Alder, has applied for a full liquor license for the revamped Coxâs Dry Cleaners building at 580 SW 12th Ave. The restaurant is supposed to open early 2013, and will serve the original Tasty N Sons brunch menu as well as a new dinner menu focusing on âsteak, chops and meat.â >> Awesome pun alert: A new cider-maker called OutCider has applied for a winery license. >> Bob and Aliceâs Tavern at 6517 SE Foster Road has changed hands: from Bob and Aliceâs LLC to Pants and Dreams LLC. The new owners are named Amanda and James. >> Johnâs Restaurant at 8608 N Lombard St. will now just be called âDads.â Nope, no apostropheâjust multiple fathers. Quite progressive, really.
NINTENDO CHAMP: Last weekendâs Tetris World Championships in Portland ended with Jonas Neubauerâthe guy in the football jersey from the documentary Ecstasy of Orderâwinning the title for the third year in a row. Robin Mihara, profiled in last weekâs WW, did not advance to the final eight.