After two weeks of slim pickings, a torrent of new liquor license applications.
A 7-Eleven will soon open in the former Blockbuster Video on Southeast Foster Road, to the delight of credit union members (who use 7-Eleven ATMs) and the great irritation of neighbors who were hoping for a New Seasons.
Gene and Chong Ball, the owners of the strip mall at Northeast 7th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, have applied to open Gino's Grill, a teriyaki restaurant, in one of the building's storefronts.
Taquería Portland, at 7007 N Fessenden St., has applied to add margaritas.
BJ Smith, formerly chef of The Original Dinerant, has applied to open Smokehouse 21, a barbecue joint, in the space at 413 NW 21st Ave. recently vacated by Tanuki.
No sooner did Belmont Street pizza joint The Globe announce its closure than the storied building's new tenants, Casey and Wendi Maxwell, applied to open The Conquistador Lounge, a "Spanish/Latin/Mexican" restaurant and bar. Future Drinking believes, but has not confirmed, that Casey is the same Casey Maxwell who co-owns Matador Lounge.
Bo Restobar and Typhoon! on Southwest Broadway have closed, and the Hotel Lucia has applied to take over the license for the business.
Elsewhere in the state, Portland Dayton RV Park is, hilariously, changing its name to Willamette Wine Country RV Park.