GENTRIFYING KARAOKE: According to a liquor-license filing last week, the totally suite Voicebox karaoke lounge plans to double up with a 4,000-square-foot, eastside location in the old Spikeâs auto garage space (726 SE 6th Ave.), next door to the planned site for Trifecta, Ken Forkishâs posh âbakery tavern.â Thatâs the second high-profile karaoke spot in that area this year. Blocks away, the Ambassador owners recently opened a massively expensive 8,000-square-foot karaoke palace called Trio Club (909 E Burnside St.), whose LED-dense interior looks sneakingly like the set of The X-Factor.
INCOMING: Staff at the Modern Man told WW that the ultra-masculine barber shop, known for handing out whiskey with shaves and haircuts, plans to open a train-themed bar and restaurant (as yet unnamed) at its just-minted Mississippi Avenue location (3956 N Mississippi Ave.), featuring a ticket booth, caboose and curtained booths styled after passenger-train compartments. >> Meanwhile, Michael Wolfson and Peter Webb of the recently closed Yes and No plan to reboot the space this summer as a âbar and micro-venueâ called Black Book (20 NW 3rd Ave.), after interior renovations and the addition of a rear patio.
BROKEN EGGS: Even before he wrote a defense of Shariâs, Arts & Culture editor Martin Cizmar had been fielding angry remarks about his omelet-related writing. Several important people expressed disappointment with his statement that Bijou Cafeâs French-style omelets are âa little pale, soupy and light on the cheese for my taste.â Among the aggrieved was Beast chef Naomi Pomeroy, who tweeted that Cizmar âshould also know that an omelet need not be browned, nor stuffed full of cheese to be good.â Cizmar would like to clarify that he considers Bijouâs omelets to be a very good example of the French style, which he does not prefer.
CLICKY CLICKY: On this site Wednesday, we bid a fond Portland farewell to erstwhile music editor Casey Jarman, who will be taking over as the new managing editor of McSweeneyâs terribly literate The Believer magazine in San Francisco, by posting our favorite Jarman stories from his WW tenure. >> Also look for âPost-Hardcore Shuttle Stop,â our video from Sundayâs Warped Tour at the Expo Center loosely modeled after the VHS-era classic âHeavy Metal Parking Lot.â Youâll learn about the things kids are into today, which include a band called Hands Like Houses (âkinda like a technoâkind ofâbut with, you know, metalâ) and something called Wall of Death (âThe first Wall of Death I had, I got punched in the face and my tooth got chipped.â) >> WW music editor Matthew Singer posts his take on the 2013 PDX Pop Now lineup.