looks like the dirty-drawered people of Portland are finally getting a
drunken laundromat. As reported last week at wweek.com, owner Morgan
Gary has applied for a liquor license for Spin Laundry at 740 N Fremont
St., near North Mississippi Avenue, advertised as an “eco-friendly
laundromat, bar & cafe” with washing machines that text you when
your wash isalmost done.
The tap list looks sincerely minimalist: a pair of brews. But that’s two
more than usual. The buildout is under way, with an opening date set
for this winter.
TUBE FOUR: Looks
like Tube (18 NW 3rd Ave.) will be getting yet another set of owners,
its fourth since it opened 10 years ago as a shiny replica of the London
Underground. The onetime punk-DJ dive will continue its transition into
the Old Town Fun Zone as it’s taken over by new owners Eric Bowler and
Karen Davanzo Bowler, who work for event-DJ procurers the Music Trust.
The duct tape holding the place together is going away, however. Eric
Bowler—who doubles as EDM spinner DJ Evil One—told WW: “The
Tube’s current demographic is 21, 22. I’m 35, and a lot of my friends
like to go out. We’ll make it nicer so a little older crowd feels
PAL TO ALL: The
Hollywood neighborhood’s oldest bar, Pal’s Shanty, has been closed
since being damaged in a Nov. 15 fire. Now, chowder-loving regulars are
working to collect funds for out-of-work staff. Though the owners plan
to rebuild, it will probably take six months because of the extent of
the damage. A large slate of benefit auctions runs through Dec. 2, and
donations are being accepted through U.S. Bank or online at
gofundme.com. There’s more information at facebook.com/pals.shanty.
LAUGH TRACK: Portland’s
top five standup comics, as determined by a poll of the city’s comedy
community, played to a capacity crowd at the Alhambra Theatre on Nov.
24. A highlight of the show was No. 1 comic Amy Miller first buttering
up and then heckling a family who named their child Stellen. “That’s not
even a real name,” she said. “That’s just two names mushed together.”