OLCC Rejects a Curfew on Bar Patios

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News
Good news for late-night al fresco tipplers, bad news for sleepless neighbors: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission won't be restricting bar-patio hours this summer.For weeks, Portland officials all the way up to Mayor Charlie Hales have complained that the OLCC's proposed rule change—which would have closed patios at 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am Fridays and Saturdays—didn't go far enough. The ...   More
 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Important News for Boozehounds

Some liquor stores will be open on Thursday

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News
In a state where the sales of hard liquor is strictly controlled (including the times and days state-franchised stores are open) running out of booze on a holiday is a real risk.Here's some helpful news from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for those who may underestimate their Thanksgiving needs:  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds customers that liquor stores in Oregon have ...   More
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Drunk in Oregon: The 10 Best Selling Liquors of 2011

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Food & Drink
It's that time of the year again: When newspapers take a break from reporting actual news and pad column inches with "the year that was" facts and retrospectives. In compiling ours (look out for it on Wednesday!) we queried the OLCC with the top selling liquor in Oregon this year. Being able to track this kind of data is one of the few advantages to this nanny control state of ours. So what was Oregon ...   More
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Future Drinking: Tiki Month Edition

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Food & Drink
According to a press release from the new Portland Trader Vic's, Mayor Sam Adams will declare August "Portland Tiki Month" at the bar's grand opening Aug. 1. So break out the leis, y'all.  It's retro-future drinking this week!The news from this week's OLCC applications:Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings has applied for a brewing license for its new location on Northeast Fremont Street. Harvester ...   More
 
Saturday, July 30, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Aug. 21-25

This week's liquor license applications, glossed.

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Food & Drink
Lots of applications in this week's OLCC blast: First and most exciting, Prost! owner Dan Hart is teaming up with Tasty n Sons/Toro Bravo chef John Gorham and prolific restaurant investment firm Chefstable (whose portfolio includes Ping, St. Jack, Grüner and others) to open a new bar, Interurban, in the former Lovely Hula Hands building at 4047 N Mississippi Ave. The name likely draws on Portland's ...   More
 
Friday, August 26, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Aug. 25-31

This week in OLCC applications.

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Food & Drink
After last week's torrent, a smaller but still interesting batch of new license applications:A pair of women from Sherwood are opening Vine Gogh, an "artists bar and studio" in (of course) Sellwood, in the space recently vacated by Spielwerk Toys. (The all-wooden toy store is still open in its North Williams Avenue location.) Vine Gogh will offer painting lessons and studio space along with beer and ...   More
 
Friday, September 2, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Sept. 5-8

This week in OLCC applications.

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Food & Drink
A short list this week:Lyrik Cafe on Southeast 39th Avenue has new owners, who are seeking to turn the coffee shop into a bar.Lisa Lavochkin, according to her LinkedIn profile a former pastry cook at Manhattan's tony Core Club, has applied to open Barrel, a bottle shop, at 7401 N Burlington Ave. in downtown St. Johns.Mynt Gentleman's Club, the cause of much consternation to its Laurelhurst neighbors, ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Sept. 12-15.

This week in OLCC applications

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Food & Drink
First, the big news: Kalé, everyone's favorite Japanese curry joint, which abandoned its Goose Hollow home in March, has applied for a liquor license at 900 SW Morrison St.—the former Bush Garden restaurant, shuttered since 2009.Also, as reported elsewhere, Lorenzo's Italian restaurant on North Mississippi Avenue closed for good Sept. 11. It will become Samurai Blue, a Japanese restaurant.And that's ...   More
 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Sept. 26-Oct. 6

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Food & Drink
After two weeks of slim pickings, a torrent of new liquor license applications.Katie Potter and Christopher Loverro have applied to open a cafe, The Hazel Room, in the building at 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd. that formerly housed the Dollar Scholar and currently houses the Mag Big crafts/art/fashion shop.A 7-Eleven will soon open in the former Blockbuster Video on Southeast Foster Road, to the delight of ...   More
 
Monday, October 10, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Oct. 10-13

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Food & Drink
It looks like Mount Hood is about to get a second brewery, albeit not as high up the slope as the venerable Ice Ax Grill. Solera Brewery has applied for a brewpub license at 4945 Baseline Drive, some 16 miles south of Hood River.Speaking of hood river, someone has applied for a limited license for a business called Cascade Pet Camp, which appears to be a kennel. What's the beer for? I'd rather not ...   More
 
Friday, October 14, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

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