THE TRUE STORY: In
June, the face of Portland screwed into a collective cringe of
faux-disgust as MTV announced that our humble city—where people don’t
even own TVs, man—would 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 “The Row” 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 Portland’s food-cart
“cartel,” 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 Gorham’s Tasty N Sons, Tasty N Alder,
has applied for a full liquor license for the revamped Cox’s 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 “steak, chops and meat.” >>
Awesome pun alert: A new cider-maker called OutCider has applied
for a winery license. >> Bob and Alice’s Tavern at 6517 SE Foster
Road has changed hands: from Bob and Alice’s LLC to Pants and Dreams
LLC. The new owners are named Amanda and James. >> John’s Restaurant at 8608 N Lombard St. will now just be called “Dads.” Nope, no apostrophe—just multiple fathers. Quite progressive, really.
NINTENDO CHAMP: Last weekend’s Tetris World Championships in Portland ended with Jonas Neubauer—the guy in the football jersey from the documentary Ecstasy of Order—winning the title for the third year in a row. Robin Mihara, profiled in last week’s WW, did not advance to the final eight.