WORKING ON SUNDAY: âWorkingâ Kirk Reeves, the 56-year-old Portland street musician known for playing his trumpet while wearing a white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, was found dead at Bybee Lake in North Portland last week, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Although few knew his name, the outpouring of grief on social media confirmed Reevesâ status as a beloved local icon. A public vigil is planned for 4 pm Sunday, Nov. 18. Friends of the musician will gather on the waterfront near the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge, where Reeves often worked. According to the Facebook page established for the memorial, Allan Kalik, Reevesâ longtime trumpet teacher, will perform one of Reevesâ favorite songs, âOver the Rainbow.â
GROUPOFF: Servers rejoice: The probable death of the Groupon you know and loathe is looming. Disappointing profits have dragged the companyâs stock down over the past year, with it plummeting to a new low of $3.76 last week. Thatâs down from nearly $25 in January. The company is also moving more toward selling goods than brokering deals for half-price enchilada platters. As previously reported in WW, the online coupon broker is often a bad deal for local restaurants, but especially brutal for servers because cheapskate Grouponers are notoriously bad tippers.
FUTURE DRINKING: Art and music bar Valentineâs, at 232 SW Ankeny St., has been bought by Metro planner Will Elder and minority partner Estia Penelope âOpieâ Papaioannou, daughter of the late Ted Papaioannou, who was co-founder of Berbatiâs restaurant and bar across the Ankeny alleyway. No big changes are currently planned. >> The red-barned shanty strip club Roosterâs Pub (605 N Columbia Blvd.) will now be JAGâs Clubhouse, according to an OLCC application. Whoâs JAG? Jared A. Gallop, owner of Tennessee Redâs barbecue restaurant in Southeast Portland. Nude revues will continue; no word on a menu revamp. >> Robo Taco (607 SE Morrison St.), darling of late-night taco lovers, has applied for a full liquor license. >> It looks like thereâs another cidery planned in the area. Portland Cider Co. is opening in Oregon City. Apparently, Oregon City Cider Co. didnât have the same cachet.
NEW OCEAN: The Ocean, a new micro-restaurant thingy in the old Timberline Dodge building at Northeast Glisan Street and 24th Avenue, is hosting a public open house this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 8 pm. The space houses Slowburger, Basa Basa, Uno Mas, 24th & Meatballs and the Pie Spot. âIâm going to corral some live music and basically allow folk to roam into the project,â says developer Kevin Cavenaugh. âItâll be a fun and rather laissez-faire party. There wonât be any free food, but thereâll be cheap food. And access is free, so thatâs gotta be worth something.â