SALTY SITUATION: Thereâs a storm swirling at Saltyâs on the Columbia (3839 NE Marine Drive). The answering machine for the restaurant, which closed Sept. 24, says it shut down temporarily for an âunforeseen maintenance issueâ and will reopen in October. But meanwhile, Saltyâs manager Linda Addy resigned that week from her post, and has co-filed an application with the restaurantâs landlord, Peter van Schoonhoven, for a liquor license on a new restaurant called the Catchâin Saltyâs space. âI donât know what Linda and our landlord are trying to do,â says Saltyâs on the Columbia managing partner Nick Nordby, who adds the restaurant still holds the lease. âGerry and Kathy [Kingen] own the restaurant. Weâre remodeling our kitchen and weâre reopening.â Van Schoonhoven says he ousted Saltyâs after the owners violated their lease conditions. Saltyâs filed a request for civil injunctive relief Sept. 24. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 3. More details here.
FILMED IN OREGON: Those mourning the end of Breaking Bad may find small solace in House of Last Things, a supernatural thriller set in Portland starring RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr., aka Flynn, in the TV series). Writer-director Michael Bartlettâs film follows three house-sitters, including Mitte, who discover their temporary suburban residence isnât so friendly. Most of the film was shot in Portland, with some Willamette Valley vineyards standing in for Italy. Itâs still on the film-festival circuit and has no release date yet. >> In other local-related movie news, the first cinematic adaptation of David Sedarisâ essay about picking apples and carving jade clocks in Oregon opens this weekend. See our review here.
AT WWEEK.COM:Online this week, a review of Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleckâs new flick, Runner Runner, a preview of the Oregon Ducks-Colorado Buffaloes football game, a Vice writerâs response to our defense of Portlandâs hip-hop scene and reviews of local comedy shows.