- CAVE COD: Paleo-only food cart Cultured Caveman—dedicated to a diet consistent with that of prehistoric people—has filed for a tavern license for its planned brick-and-mortar restaurant in
St. JohnsKenton at 8233 N Denver Ave., and intends to serve hard cider and kombucha cocktails. (Did cavemen drink kombucha?) In support of the license, Caveman wrote to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission that its customers are “incredibly healthy and not prone to overconsumption of alcohol.” On that note, the restaurant also plans to serve fermented cod liver oil. >> In other news of alcohol that’s moral and upstanding, nonprofit pub the Oregon Public House brewed a nonprofit beer in collaboration with Alan Taylor of Pints Brewing, one of WW’s top five bars of the year in last month’s Bar Guide. The Oregon Public House released its Do Gooder IPA on May 10.
- THIS SPACE FOR RENT: Portland is no longer America’s bike capital. At least, not according to Portland. The short-lived, already iconic four-story “Welcome to America’s Bike Capital” mural on Southwest Ash Street had been mostly scrubbed as of May 12, a result of city laws that allow advertising—but not art—on the side of historic buildings. It’ll be replaced by an ad for building tenant Pedal Bike Tours, according to bikeportland.org. As of Monday afternoon, however, the wall simply displayed a giant green circle with a bicycle inside, making it the largest and least-reliable traffic signal in Portland.
- HAUNTED VANCOUVER: From Twin Peaks to Twilight, the Pacific Northwest has long been a pop-culture hub of the supernatural. The latest entry is The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, a YouTube series recently snapped up by the Weinstein Company for a movie and young-adult book franchise. The Web series, filmed in Portland and Vancouver, Wash., centers on a teenager who moves from Texas to Washington state and quickly learns her house is haunted by ghosts and zombies. YouTube star Paige McKenzie—who, like her character, still hasn’t hit legal drinking age—will also appear in the film adaptation. The first planned Haunting book is due in 2015; no film dates have been set.
- NINES, PART TWO: The financially troubled Nines hotel may have found a buyer. A subsidiary of Maryland-based Pebblebrook Hotel Trust filed an application May 7 to take over the liquor license of the Nines, rooftop restaurant Departure and Urban Farmer steakhouse. Pebblebrook bought Portland’s Hotel Modera in 2013, and the Hotel Vintage Plaza in 2012. The Nines’ operator, Sage Hospitality, had been in financial straits this week until the Portland Development Commission accepted a buyout. From the OLCC filing, it appears Pebblebrook Hotel Trust is the most likely suitor for the hotel.