First Taste: Renata, The Oregonian's restaurant of the year

Let's not blame Renata for the fact that The Oregonian gave them premature hype.

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Food & Drink
Editor's note: Willamette Week typically maintains professional restaurant review standards and holds off on reviewing new restaurants that have not been open to the public for at least one month. The 30-day standard is almost universally accepted as the bare minimum amount of time a critic should wait before critiquing a restaurant, and we typically respect it. However, WW purchased a ticket to eat ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Legion of Doom: OLCC Says Shuttered Loyal Legion Didn't Apply for License in Time

Updated with Kurt Huffman response.

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Food & Drink
Loyal Legion, Kurt Huffman's new 99-tap beer bar in the former PPAA building, had an opening weekend most bars can only dream of.There was a line down the block Friday night outside, even before it opened for business. Last night, once you got in, you couldn't even find a seat at the bar. But don't expect to go there tonight. Huffman's all-Oregon-beer bar has closed, effective immediately, ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Mi Piace Troppo: Renata Reviewed

The young Renata has some nice moves and fantastic pasta. But there’s work to do.


Food Reviews & Stories
Lunch plans had to be canceled—Nick Arnerich knew that right away. When Arnerich’s new, wood-fired Italian restaurant, Renata, was chosen as The Oregonian’s favorite new spot in its annual res   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Renata is The Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year

Wood-fired Italian restaurant has only been officially open for two weeks, but OregonLive has e-mailed guests to make announcement.

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Food & Drink
You haven't been to the Oregonian's 2015 Restaurant of the Year.Don't feel bad, foodies: pretty much no one has either.That's because Renata officially opened on June 1.Yes, 2015.Just 15 days ago now.OregonLive's marketing team has just e-mailed the few people who bought tickets to its DinerLive™ event to say that "Renata has been awarded Diner’s Restaurant of the Year."Here's a screenshot:Can ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Chefs and Restaurateurs React to Renata Being Named The Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year Just Two Weeks After Opening Officially

"If you give me $1 million and tell me to run the best restaurant Portland has ever seen for three months I could do it, but is that sustainable? We don't know."

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Food & Drink
Can a restaurant which has officially been open for just two weeks be a credible choice for restaurant of the year? Oregonian critic Michael Russell believes so, naming wood-fired Italian joint Renata, which has been officially open for just two weeks, his pick in The O's annual food issue. The decision has sparked intense debate on OregonLive and Twitter today.Like this: "How is it possible ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

The Oregonian Names 2016 Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant not yet named or built-out, but chef is good.

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Food & Drink
As if yesterday’s coronation of 2-week-old Renata as its 2015 restaurant of the year wasn’t bizarre enough, The Oregonian today announced its 2016 restaurant of the year will be Erik Van Kley’s as-yet-unnamed and not fully built-out spot in the Central Eastside Industrial District.Van Kley was previously honored as chef of the paper's 2012 Restaurant of the Year, Little Bird. In a prepared ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

What Shall Be Done with the Thieves of Bicycles?

An old Oregonian article tells us what they used to do...

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Features
Thieves of bicycles: indeed, they are a scourge upon our fair metropolis.Ask any woman or man who cycles in this city and they shall tell you a tale of some terrible thing that befell them or one of their acquaintances as a result of these rogues, who threaten our livelihoods, health and convenience by exploiting the ease by which a bicycle can be absconded with.This is well known to us, and has ...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Stripper Responds to the Oregonian: "I am no Mary Magdalene"

Cupcake Girls provide "the chance to be pampered and primped, with no expectation of anything in return."

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Food & Drink
Last week, the Oregonian's Kelly House wrote a story about sex trafficking and cupcakes.The headline: "Strippers, prostitutes, porn workers look to Cupcake Girls for support, sweets"The Cupcake Girls are trying to help strippers, prostitutes and porn workers. However, they're not stopping streetwalkers on 82nd Avenue or showing up on porn sets. Rather, they're going to Portland strip clubs. With cupcakes. ...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by Martin Cizmar

Dinerz™ 2014: Lew's Drive-In

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Food & Drink
Every June, The Oregonian publishes a guide to upscale Portland-area restaurants called Diner. Last June, Willamette Week published a guide to Portland diners, also called Diner. The Oregonian's lawyer asked us not to do that again. So, as Diner 2014 content begins populating the various streams, verticals and digital reader engagement platforms of OregonLive.com, ...   More
 
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Dinerz™ 2014: Antoni's Restaurant

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Food & Drink
Every June, The Oregonian publishes a guide to upscale Portland-area restaurants called Diner. Last June, Willamette Week published a guide to Portland diners, also called Diner. The Oregonian's lawyer asked us not to do that again. So, as Diner 2014 content begins populating the various streams, verticals and digital reader engagement platforms of OregonLive.com, ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

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