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 companyâs 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 Krugerâs 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, âbegins her quest to destroy the Coins of Zakynthos.â An inquiry about whether the series will be considered canon was not immediately answered.
CARTOONS AND COFFEE: Portland, put on your tails: Weâve 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. Laikaâowned by Nike honcho Phil Knight and run by his son Travisâalso earned an Oscar nomination in 2010 for Coraline. Meanwhile, Portland Roasting Coffee will be keeping the stars caffeinated: Two of the roasterâs 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 âThe Longest Daycare.â 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 Portlandâs far east side (1618 NE 122nd Ave.) has closed after 30 years, ceding its space to a dollar store.