Both Ends Burning

Roman Candle by day and by night.


Food Reviews & Stories
In the morning, Roman Candle tends to be busy, all four planks of communal walnut splattered with laptops and coffee mugs. The brightly lit room is inviting from the street—warm smells and white   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Stumptown Brings In New President

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Stumptown Coffee is continuing its evolution, bringing in an experienced beverage-industry veteran to be its new president.The new hire is Joth Ricci, until now the chief operating officer of First Beverage, an investment and consulting firm. The industry publication BevNet, which broke the news of Ricci's new job, reports that he's previously served as CEO of Jones Soda and also served as general ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ava-Garde

A user’s guide to Duane Sorenson’s offbeat Italian joint.


Food Reviews & Stories
Why was my beer coming in bottles? Tap handles hang behind the bar at Ava Gene’s, the new Italian restaurant from coffee kingpin Duane Sorenson, and the tables   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Future Drinking

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

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Food & 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 ...   More
 
Friday, May 25, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Stumptown Expands to L.A.

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Food & Drink
Heads up, parochial Portlanders: those of you who got your knickers in a twist when Stumptown expanded to New York should set your fists to shake: Stumptown is opening a roastery in Los Angeles, according to Eater LA.As you'll all remember, Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson sold the majority share in the company to San Francisco-based investment firm TSG last year, citing expansion into "Chicago, ...   More
 
Friday, June 22, 2012 by Ruth Brown

A Prim Woodland

The Woodsman Tavern tastes good and looks better.


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s Thanksgiving eve and the Woodsman Tavern is bustling. The harried staff darts about as diners seated on iron-legged drafting stools blend together in the richly dim room. A pale, slightly b   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Stumptown's Duane Sorenson Selling... Flowers?

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Food & Drink
It's no new news that Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson is opening a restaurant on Southeast Division Street next to the original Stumptown Coffee location (though here's a little factoid: the business was originally registered as Haymaker in 2008, changed to Bow and Rifle in January this year, then changed to its current name, the less violent-sounding Woodsman Tavern, two weeks later), but ...   More
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 RUTH BROWN

The Selling of Stumptown: Sorenson Makes an Official Statement

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News
Hot off the back of WW's feature story today, The Selling of Stumptown, Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson has finally made an official statement on Stumptown's website today. The four-paragraph statement does not clarify whether he still owns the company or if he has sold a controlling stake of the business to investment firm TSG Consumer Partners: “At a time when it’s difficult to find ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 by Ruth Brown

The Selling of Stumptown

Why a dealmaker bought a majority stake in Portland’s iconic indie coffee company.


News Stories
Stumptown Coffee is synonymous with Portland. The 12-year-old company is often credited with transforming Portland into one of the world’s best   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Stumptown Coffee Has Been Sold, Industry Sources Tell WW

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Stumptown, the iconic and fiercely independent company that helped define coffee in this city, has been sold to a New York investment firm, according to records and interviews with industry officials. A coffee industry executive has confirmed for WW that Stumptown’s new investors claimed to have bought 90 percent of the Portland company. The sale ends the company’s 12-year life as a local brand ...   More
 
Sunday, June 5, 2011 RUTH BROWN

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