This week brings several applications of note from our friends at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Zak Melang, owner of the seven-restaurant Tex-Mex chain Matador, has applied to open Southland Whiskey Kitchen in a long-vacant storefront in the same building as the 23rd Avenue Matador.
Hot on the heels of owner John Taboada’s announcement that Navarre will expand into half of the former Chin Yen restaurant next door comes this news: Tiare Farris, formerly a bartender in Philadelphia, has applied to open a restaurant and bar called The Ten Speed in the remaining space.
Another defunct restaurant has been filled on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: Cedo’s Falafel opened in the former Wayne’s Chicago Red Hots space in February, and has applied for a limited liquor license.
Long-in-the-making fish house Riffle NW has finally found a home. Owners Jennifer and Ken Norris will take over the former 50 Plates space at 333 NW 13th Ave.
The owners of the downtown rice pudding joint Pudding on the Rice have applied to open The Picnic House in the former Zell Brothers storefront at 723 SW Salmon St. All we know is it will be “fast-casual.”
Old Town’s Beauty Bar has been sold by Jake Steele and Pablo Hijonos to Annette and Jovan Andow.
Eugene looks to be getting its own Ground Kontrol-style barcade. Level Up Arcade has applied for a full liquor license.
Finally, in the “thanks but no thanks” department, a Medford outfit has applied for a license as Coal Mine Vineyard. I foresee a sooty nose with a dusty, oily mouthfeel and hints of black lung on the palate.