April 5th, 2013 3:00 pm | MATTHEW KORFHAGE Food & Drink | Posted In: Future Drinking

Future Drinking: Carpaccio Trattoria goes Family Style, Rosa Americano Invades Portland

Plus! Growlers at Zupan's, and Ristretto and Fifty Licks get hooch


Our sorta-weekly recap of gossip via OLCC liquor license applications:

Let the curse be unbroken! (Perhaps.) The round-robin Carpaccio Trattoria spot will not lie fallow for long. According to an OLCC application, new owner Tammy Hobrecht will be opening an assemble-your-own-dish Italian restaurant in May, called Pasta Allegro, at 3500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.. In a far-cry from the high-rolling approaches previously attempted at the location, the website advertises a casual, family-style concept tagged as “Italian, created by you!” Diners will choose their own pastas or pizza bases, then pick the sauces, meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Portland, in a victory for generic luxury everywhere, will be receiving an outpost of NY-based upscale Mexican-PF-Chang’s-style chain Rosa Mexicano, in the former space of the deeply ill-fated Element martini spot at 1135 SW Morrison St. Don’t worry: Martha Stewart on their website says it’s her favorite guacamole, and we’re totally convinced she wasn’t paid to say so.

A Bend-based business called The Growler Guys has applied to open up a new outpost at 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The business is a beer-growler fill-up shop; the Bend location offers 34 taps, with prices ranging from $8.99 for 20” Brown from Cascade Lakes Brewing up to $29.99 for a growler of rarely on-tap Belgian Chimay Tripel.

In more growler news, a representative at Zupan’s has confirmed that they plan to fill growlers at their 33rd and Southeast Belmont location.

Fifty Licks Ice Cream cart, set to open soon in their brick and mortar on 2021 SE Clinton St., wants a beer and wine license for the new location. (Future Drinking would like to take a moment of silence to pray for bourbon-beer floats.)

Not one to let the ice cream carts get all the booze, Ristretto Roasters has likewise applied for a beer and wine license for their upcoming Steampunk-equipped coffee shop on 555 NE Couch, right across Grand Avenue from the drunk tank.

The new Bistro Marquee French restaurant being opened by Gary Kneski and Leslie Palmer has put in to take over the liquor license of the spot’s previous tenants, Carafe and the blink-of-an-eye Market restaurant.

Finally, the Broadway location of the venerable Skyline Burgers, at 2200 NE Broadway, appears to have changed hands based on an OLCC filing; the owner is now listed as PDX Burgers LLC, agented by Silvestre J. Gonzalez in Hillsboro.
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