July 23rd, 2009 | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

CLARIFICATION: No, the 12th and Hawthorne Cart Village Isn't Closing. Stop Calling.

Whiffie's Fried Pies by christryanphoto.com
It has come to my attention that Matt Korfhage's piece celebrating the late-night parties of the "Cart Village" at Southeast 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard and mourning the attempts of some neighbors and businesses to end said parties has been interpreted by some readers as implying that the Village itself is ceasing operations. This is not the case. When Korfhage writes, "it's been shut down—officially, anyway," he is referring to the "cause to celebrate" in the previous sentence, not the lot on which the celebration happens. So, to those readers who are worried that they won't be able to get fried pies and French fries after midnight, calm down. No one is forcing the carts to leave; they just want us to keep the noise down to a low roar. Please stop calling Whiffies and Potato Champion to complain, and please don't think that we at Willamette Week mean the Village any ill will. We like it. A lot. We are there frequently. We have all sampled the deep-fried and barbecued delights it has to offer. If it were threatened with closure, you can bet we would be writing about it in the Rogue of the Week column, not in "Best of Portland."
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