the beloved Szechuan restaurant on outer Powell Boulevard whose pepper-bath chicken has caused me more pain than any other dish in the city (I once spent a morning curled up in bed, simultaneously cursing Lucky Strike and longing to return), has applied for a liquor license at 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
That's the basement of the torch-fronted building across the street from the Hawthorne Fred Meyer that houses the Hawthorne Theatre as well as, until recently, the short-lived Arista restaurant (and India Oven before that). Lucky Strike could not be reached for comment—the restaurant is closed until Feb. 4, according to its Facebook page
, to deal with a family emergency. Even without confirmation, this news has us thrilled—the prospect of a larger, more centrally located Lucky Strike makes my guts burn in eager anticipation.