- SALT AND SCARE: North Williams Avenue’s What’s the Scoop? ice-cream shop was deluged with threatening phone calls and messages after holding a July 17 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. “Some of them have been scary,” owner Jodie Ostrovsky told WW on July 18. “We don’t know why they’re telling us that we have problems when they’re saying terrible, threatening things.” The ice-cream shop created a flavor called Rose City Revolution for the reproductive health group to sell, and donated some of the proceeds. Ostrevsky had also hosted similar fundraisers for cystic fibrosis and vaccination charities, without incident. The “threatening” calls and messages began after a blog post on the anti-abortion website LifeNews.com suggested the ice-cream flavor be called “blood and scream.” On July 21, LifeNews writer Steven Ertelt of Salem again invited readers to complain to the shop. This time, however, Ertelt asked that anti-abortion readers do so “politely.”
- WOOD CHOPPED: Duane Sorenson’s boutique mini-market, The Woodsman Market (4529 SE Division St.), quietly closed its doors July 15. “It was a hard decision,” says Corrie Robinson, who manages the Woodsman Tavern next door. She says the restaurant group plans to reopen a business in the market space: “We’re toying around with some concepts that will fit our brand.” The decision was reached, she says, in order to compete better with other local grocery stores. As of July 21, the Facebook page and website for the Woodsman Market had been taken down.
- MUSICFEST PLUS: Along with other changes to MusicfestNW this year—one venue, only 18 bands—the major difference is that the festival, which used to go until the early hours of the morning for a week, now ends at 10 pm each of its two nights. But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to go home early: MFNW has announced a full slate of pre- and after-parties, including a free kickoff event Aug. 15 in the parking lot of the downtown Dr. Martens store, with Killer Mike and Portland’s reigning Best New Band, Ural Thomas and the Pain. Intimate shows, featuring the likes of rap crew Flatbush Zombies, indie-rock legends Superchunk, electronic musician Com Truise, and Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels partner, El-P, will take place at various venues around town. Future Islands, one of the festival’s highlight acts, will also make a return engagement at Doug Fir Lounge as part of Pitchfork’s Nightcap Series.
- KARAM 2.0: Tony Karam—formerly of Southwest Stark Street’s Karam Restaurant—is returning to Portland with a new restaurant, Zaatar,
at 1037 NW Flanders St. Karam previously owned Karam Restaurant, which,
under his stewardship, was one of the top 100 restaurants in the city.
In 2011, though, Tony Karam began a Beaverton deli and wholesale
business and sold his interest in the Portland Karam Restaurant, which
has been moved to 515 SW 4th Ave. Tony Karam will rename his new Pearl
District restaurant after zaatar, a Middle Eastern herb. “This way we
don’t confuse people,” Karam says. “In case they are not happy with one
place, it will not hurt the business of the other.” Karam expects an August opening date for Zaatar, and says it will be similar to his original Karam but more upscale.