CIAO, MUFFULETTA: Purveyor of some of the city’s best sandwiches, Eastmoreland Market & Kitchen
is shuttering after nearly five years of business. Co-owner Colleen
Mendola told Scoop that landlord Carol Christensen forced the closure.
“She gave us an eviction notice on Oct. 6 because we couldn’t initially
buy the building,” Mendola says, claiming that Christensen wanted
$470,000 for the storefront, located on Southeast Knapp Street in the
tony Eastmoreland neighborhood. That location has housed a market since
1924, and Christensen and her late husband, Gary, ran an incarnation
from 1984 to 2007. Mendola says the grocery has until Nov. 6 to vacate the building, but said she and her husband, Patrick, hope to liquidate as quickly as possible.
Attempts to reach Christensen were unsuccessful. The market will be
missed—Scoop has fond memories of after-school ice-cream bars at the
“little store,” and the Mendolas made a mean Cubano.
FUTURE DRINKING: Start planning that election-night celebration now: Mayor Sam Adams’ former lover Beau Breedlove has finally opened his French restaurant, Vie, at 0315 SW Montgomery St., No. 150. >> Mexican eatery Verde Cocina,
which runs a popular stand at various farmers markets and has a
restaurant in Hillsdale, is opening a second outlet in the recently
shuttered Kin space at 524 NW 14th Ave. in the Pearl. >> The
co-owners of Laurelhurst Theater, William Prescott Allen and Woody
George Wheeler, have applied for a liquor license for a restaurant
called Township and Range, at 2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
PREZ PARTY: Speaking of election-night parties, WW
is hosting one at Grand Central Bowling Lounge this year. In 2008, the
place was packed with people excited to watch our nation elect its first
black president. Let’s hope we’re all watching the election of our first two-term black president this year. More information at wweek.com.
While quoting a damn dirty hippie like Bob Dylan is probably totally
inappropriate in this circumstance, it must be said that the times they
are a-changin’ in Portland’s punk-rock dive-bar circuit. After 13 years
as the head booker (among other roles) at Ash Street Saloon, Heather du Lac is moving on at the end of year. She’ll be replaced by Chris “Control” Trumpower,
who previously booked Plan B, which is undergoing a few alterations of
its own. In September, Sizzle Pie owners Matthew Jacobson and Michael
McKennedy purchased the Southeast Portland punk club, and while they
have vowed to maintain its spirit, they’re also going to cut down
significantly on the number of bookings per month, according to Plan B manager Sam Ott—or, as she put it, “we’re going for quality over quantity.”