May 25th, 2012 4:35 pm | by RUTH BROWN Food & Drink | Posted In: Future Drinking

Future Drinking

Sorenson to open Ava Gene's, Stark Naked Pizza now Baby Doll, and more new places to eat and drink

Our weekly reading of the bureaucratic tarot cards that are OLCC liquor license applications:

Stumptown don Duane Sorenson has purchased the former Lauro Kitchen at 3377 SE Division St., where he will open a new restaurant called Ava Gene's. The application offers little else in the way of information—the old license forms used to make you write a bit about your menu, but the newer ones don't—except that it will be open 5-11 pm nightly. We expect that Sorenson and Andy Ricker will eventually purchase the entirety of Southeast Division, secede from the rest of Portland, and call it New Brooklyn.

Stark Naked Pizza has changed owners and will now be called Baby Doll Pizza.

Fujiyama Sushi Bar and Grill is opening at 4124 SE 82nd Ave.

K.A.C. Thai Fusion will take over 710 SW 2nd Ave. from Rivers Edge Cafe and Catering. It will serve "fusion Thai food" for lunch and dinner.

Freddy Sanjines is opening El Torito, a grocery store and bakery, at 7406 N Vancouver Ave.

Petya Kovatchev is opening Bravo Lounge at 8560 SE Division.

Fat-loving food cart Lardo has applied for a full license at its new bricks and mortar eatery, at 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd., where Johnny B's used to be. 

Cleary's Restaurant & Spirits at 12429 NE Gisan St. is now Wu's Brother. Commence David Wu jokes... now.

Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge at 801 NE Broadyway has been sold, and will now be Habesha Ethiopian and Bar.

Art studio and school the Loaded Brush has applied for a limited license so students can once again BYO to class.
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