CAPTURED BY BUREAUCRATS: Earlier this month, Captured
by Porches Brewing Co. suspended operations at all of its Portland
locations because of licensing issues with the City of Portland
regarding the company’s outdoor food-cart beer gardens. The carts had
previously been open at the now-closed D-Street Noshery pod across from
Pok Pok, at the Kruger’s Farm stand in St. Johns, and at Northeast
Alberta Street and 23rd Avenue. This week, the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission received liquor-license applications from Captured by Porches
for its Concordia (2231 NE Alberta St.) and St. Johns (7316 N Lombard
St.) locations. In the meantime, the company has beer available in
swing-top bottles at local shops and on tap at the Black Bike Cafe
(22 SE 28th Ave.). The Sauvie Island beer bus, which is located outside
Portland city limits, will be opening as scheduled on Memorial Day.
GRIMM IN INK: Like Buffy and Serenity before it, Portland-based wizard-cop show Grimm is set to become a series of spinoff comic books.
Show co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf wrote a storyline for
comic-maker Dynamite Entertainment, which will publish the books
beginning in May. The story? The mother of lead Nick Burkhardt, a
Portland homicide detective, “begins her quest to destroy the Coins of
Zakynthos.” An inquiry about whether the series will be considered canon
was not immediately answered.
CARTOONS AND COFFEE: Portland, put on your tails: We’ve got three representatives headed to the Oscars this Sunday, Feb. 24. First up, ParaNorman, the second feature produced by Hillsboro film studio Laika, is nominated for best animated film. Laika—owned by Nike honcho Phil Knight and run by his son Travis—also earned an Oscar nomination in 2010 for Coraline. Meanwhile, Portland Roasting Coffee
will be keeping the stars caffeinated: Two of the roaster’s blends will
be served backstage. Also representing Oregon is local tyke Maggie
Simpson, who is up for her own golden boy, thanks to the animated short “The Longest Daycare.” The film finds the Springfield, Ore., perpetual infant attending the terrifying Ayn Rand School for Tots.
OPEN AND SHUT: The much-anticipated Relish Gastropub
opened its doors last week in the space of former Sellwood music venue
the Woods (6637 SE Milwaukie Ave., 208-3442). The opening menu at the
massive space, helmed by former Noisette sous chef Josef Valoff, appears
to be Northwest modern, with pinot noir Brussels sprouts, pork-belly
burgers and fennel-spiced sturgeon. >> Meanwhile, the once-raucous
night spot The Refectory on Portland’s far east side (1618 NE 122nd Ave.) has closed after 30 years, ceding its space to a dollar store.