FLY-BY BURGERS: Previously, PDXâs only connection to beloved burger chains was as a conduit between California immigrants and animal-style In-N-Out burgers. But the Port of Portland has announced weâll be getting a Burgerville in our airport this winter, hopefully early enough for pumpkin milkshakes. But for those ready to tout the portâs commitment to local foods in the airport, not so fast: Port of Portlandâs in-house magazine, Portside, also breathlessly announced the âfirst-ever PDX locationâ of the âworldâs largest global food retailer,â McDonaldâs.
FIFTY TO LOVE: Seattleâs Coastal Hotel Group is already selling off its briefly fashionable Hotel Fifty at 50 SW Morrison St., which opened in 2008, to another set of Seattleites, Pineapple Hospitality, run by Columbia West Properties. The reboot is anticipated in August, and the hotel will be renamed Hotel Rose. The hotelâs H50 restaurant and bar, known both for $3 chichi happy-hour snacks and $300 Spanish coffees, will be retained. As for other changes? Columbia Westâs website invites readers to âwatch us as we Pineapple our newest acquisition.â
MICHAEL RUSSELL UNMASKED?: The last semi-anonymous food critic in town, The Oregonianâs Michael Russell, appears to be featured in a collection of photos from local barbecue joints published last week. Russellâan everyman food critic who is normally represented with an avatar that depicts him as an elderly hobo eagerly awaiting a pot of possum stewâis shown eating a sloppy pork rib in Lake Oswego. To see the photo of Russell, as well as photos of every other food critic in town, go here. >> In other O-related blog news, you can now read the triumphant conclusion to WWâs survey of area diners and the cease-and-desist letter from The Oregonian that delayed the project for a few weeks.
CORRECTED AND CLARIFIED: In our Fugitives and Refugees cover story (âCapture or Asylum,â June 3, 2013), WW incorrectly stated that the building that housed the Jefferson Theater was torn down to build an apartment building called the Jeffrey. In fact, the theater lost its lease, and the buildingâs apartment tenants were later relocated to the newly constructed Jeffrey building on the same block. Also, in a review of Sok Sab Bai (June 3, 2013), WW called the eatery âPortlandâs only Cambodian restaurant.â Readers pointed out that other restaurants, such as Mekong Bistro on Northeast 82nd Avenue, serve Cambodian cuisine in addition to other Southeast Asian food from Vietnam and Thailand. WW regrets the error and Cambodian confusion.