Updated October 23, 2012 Published October 23, 2012
CIAO, MUFFULETTA: Purveyor of some of the cityâs 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. âShe gave us an eviction notice on Oct. 6 because we couldnât initially buy the building,â 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 missedâScoop has fond memories of after-school ice-cream bars at the âlittle store,â and the Mendolas made a mean Cubano.
FUTURE DRINKING: Start planning that election-night celebration now: Mayor Sam Adamsâ 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. Letâs hope weâre all watching the election of our first two-term black president this year. More information at wweek.com.
PLAN C: 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-changinâ in Portlandâs 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. Sheâll be replaced by Chris âControlâ 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, theyâre also going to cut down significantly on the number of bookings per month, according to Plan B manager Sam Ottâor, as she put it, âweâre going for quality over quantity.â