PURRFECT PLAN: Portland is racing to open North Americaâs first cat cafe. Purringtons Cat Lounge would follow a model used in Paris and Tokyo, where cafe patrons sip wine and pet resident kitties. âIt really is a place I think Portlanders would eat up,â says organizer Kristen Castillo. Purringtons plans to have wine, three rotating local beer taps and âa limited variety of snacks,â including popcorn, pickles and beef jerky, which the health code allows to be sold alongside animals. âYou absolutely do not bring your own cats because they would probably kill each other,â says Castillo. âIâm partnering with a shelter in Lake Oswego, Oregon Cat Project, and [founder Dana Lionel] is going to provide us with 12 cats that get along with each other and like humans. Really, the idea is that any of those cats are adoptable.â Expect to pay a cover, but stay as long as you want. âTokyo has like 100 cat cafes,â Castillo says. âThey charge you $10 and you can only stay for an hour and they put a sticker on you so they know how long youâve been there. I donât want to do that.â For more information, go to Purringtonsâ Facebook page, facebook.com/purringtonscatlounge.
BREAKING BROADWAY: Bryan Cranston isnât the only one making his Broadway debut this month. Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directs the Breaking Bad star in All the Way, in which Cranston plays Lyndon B. Johnson. The political drama, which was commissioned by OSF, had its premiere, sans Cranston, in Ashland last year. Itâs the first OSF commission to hit Broadway. A second Robert Schenkkan play about LBJ, The Great Society, debuts at OSF this summer. >> In other news of local boys going big, comedian Ian Karmelâformerly of Beaverton and now of Los Angeles, where heâs a writer for Chelsea Latelyâwill do standup on Conan on Wednesday, March 12.
QUARTER POUR: Spin Laundry Lounge, the long-awaited drunken laundromat at 750 N Fremont St., finally cracked its doors March 10. The taps were still being installed at press time, but the laundro-barâs first kegs will be GoodLife Descender IPA and Upright Pilsner, alongside wine, pour-over coffee, light snacks and panini. >> So what do you do with that giant MADISONâS sign if you want to start a new place in the now-closed Southeast Madison Street eatery? Apparently, just like the Buddhists, you remove the âI.â East Side Deli owner Cory Eddy and others from the venerable old-school hoagie shop have filed for a liquor license to open a bar called MAD SONâS, with pinball machines and a pool table.
VINO AND THE VEEP: Vice President Joe Biden and his family reportedly stopped by Corkscrew Wine Bar in Westmoreland on Saturday, March 8. According to the barâs Facebook page, the Bidenator sipped a glass of red while Secret Service agents manned the door.