KICK AND SICK: Chelsea Cainâs new book series, set in Portland, hasnât hit shelves yet, but itâs already been slated for development by NBC. The website Deadline.com reports that One Kick, a thriller centering on a young woman who investigates missing-child cases, will be adapted by screenwriter Matt Lopez, in a departure from his usual family-friendly fare. The first book in the One Kick series is due out in August 2014; no word yet on when the NBC series will air. This isnât the first TV adaptation for The New York Times bestselling authorâin spring 2012, FX greenlighted TV development of Cainâs Heartsick series, about serial killer Gretchen Lowell, but there are no signs of life (or a pilot) so far.
ACES DOWN: Alex Calderwood, a founder of the fashion-forward Ace Hotel chainâits Portland outpost is home to Clyde Common restaurant and bar, as well as Kenny & Zukeâs deliâdied Nov. 14 in a room at the chainâs London hotel. The cause of death had not been released as of WWâs press time. On the hotel chainâs website, the company announced his passing, referring to Calderwood as âteacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend.â Calderwood had acknowledged past substance abuse in a 2011 interview with The New York Times, but also said in the same interview that he had been sober for five months and had gone to rehab. He was 47.
EXPANDING WORLD: Farm-fresh produce spot Local Choice Market was a short-lived addition to the Pearl District at 830 NW Everett St., opening in January and closing in October. Remodeling signs on the defunct storeâs windows, plus an Oregon Liquor Control Commission application, indicate the space will be taken over by John Attar of international food superstore Barbur World Foods. The application calls for a grocery store with a restaurant that includes outdoor seating and beer and wine service. Attarâs wife, Mirna, is the chef behind Montavillaâs Ya Hala restaurant. >> In other food news, chef Kevin Gibsonâs much-anticipated Davenport restaurant quietly opened for business Nov. 14 in the old June space at 2215 E Burnside St., after a two-day soft opening for friends and family. Gibson was previously a chef at Castagna, and most recently headed up the Evoe sandwich-and-wine spot inside Pastaworks on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.