Another brewery is taking up residence in the railyard warehouse district south of Southeast Powell Boulevard where Alameda Brewing recently inaugurated a 20-barrel production facility. Gigantic Brewing, a partnership between Hopworks vet Ben Love and former Rock Bottom brewer Van Havig, has applied for a license at 5224 SE 26th Ave.
Element Restaurant and Lounge, the downtown spot that famously closed less than a month after opening in the summer of 2010, then reopened in September, has changed hands again. The new owner, Bonnie Rundell, goes by the nom de business of Clear Vision, LLC. Let's hope the name is accurate—the place needs it.
Kenton's Stone Pickle Pub & Bar has closed. James Miller has applied to open an Italian restaurant named La Vita Bella in the building.
Pacific Pie Company has applied for a full liquor license for its new digs at 1520 SE 7th Ave.
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro has applied for a license modification to allow off-premises sales—so that you can take home a bottle or two of that great Loir Valley rosé.
Bushwhacker Cider has also applied for greater privilege—to start wholesaling.
Gary's Bakery & Bistro, a Chinese bakery at 86th and Division, has applied to start serving beer.
The Moon Star Bar & Grill at MLK and Lombard is becoming Star Restaurant and Lounge.
El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant at 19422 SE Stark St.—which I'm pretty certain is either part of Gresham or unincorporated Multnomah County—is becoming El Indio's Restaurant.
Finally, in Oregon's ongoing efforts to start a brewery in every tiny town in the state, Dragon's Gate Brewery has applied for a license in Milton-Freewater, pop. 2,000.