Scary Spyce

Spyce Gentlemen's Club in Old Town is bringing back its annual Strip Club Haunted House for the fifth year in a row, featuring strippers in ghoulish makeup and a vintage '80s horror theme. The difference this time is that they've made an actual horror film to go with it. The surprisingly high-quality 11-minute movie portrays dancers getting pulled into a haunted VCR and murdered by classic horror villains. Strip Club Haunted House opens Oct. 25 and lasts through Halloween.

Customers eat ice cream in waffle cones at the Salt & Straw location on Northwest 23rd Avenue in Portland. (Natalie Behring)
Customers eat ice cream in waffle cones at the Salt & Straw location on Northwest 23rd Avenue in Portland. (Natalie Behring)

Chilling Effect

Portland ice cream company Salt & Straw pulled its products from Provenance Hotels, the Portland-based chain founded by embattled U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who is at the center of an impeachment inquiry. Oregon Public Broadcasting, which first reported the news, noted Salt & Straw sold products to such Provenance hotels as the Dossier, where guests could order artisanal ice cream via room service.

Drink Fresh

We're in the waning days of fresh hop season, but before the dank drinks run dry, it's time to find out who is brewing some of the best in the state. The Willamette Week-sponsored Oregon Beer Awards have announced winners in two categories made with cones harvested within just the past few weeks—even though the competition is months away, judging took place this past weekend while the brews are at their peak. Honored breweries include Eugene's Falling Sky, Rock Bottom, Breakside and Von Ebert.

Shameless Self-Promotion

WW Assistant Arts and Culture Editor Andi Prewitt took home a second-place award in the Best Beer Review category at the 2019 North American Guild of Beer Writers Awards. The honored story was a brutally honest, though less than glowing, review of Danish brewery Mikkeller's much-hyped Portland pop-up. It was Prewitt's third win at the annual guild ceremony.

(Laurelwood, Nashco)
(Laurelwood, Nashco)

Brew Moves

Long-running Portland brewery Laurelwood has sold nearly all its assets to Legacy Breweries, parent company of Eugene's Ninkasi Brewing. Laurelwood founders Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb will retain control of their brewpub on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and everything created there. In a statement, Mike De Kalb calls the move a "strategic partnership" that will allow the brewery to expand its distribution.

IMAGE: facebook.com/kennyandzukesbagels
IMAGE: facebook.com/kennyandzukesbagels

Bye Bye, Bagelworks

Portland deli franchise Kenny and Zuke's is closing its 10-year-old Northwest Portland bagel shop and bakery. Owner Ken Gordon says their landlord made them a "stupid offer" that would have raised their rent "considerably." "We're sorry to leave the neighborhood. We've been there 10 years," Gordon tells WW. Last month, Gordon told investors Kenny and Zuke's was preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but he says the decision not to renew their lease is unrelated.

Anthony Tolliver (left) and Jerry Rice.
Anthony Tolliver (left) and Jerry Rice.

Portland Gonna Portland

Blazer fans, prepare to cringe. Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver signed with the team over the summer and recently had what can only be described as a Very Portland Moment. "Soooooo…," Tolliver tweeted last week. "At this Pumpkin patch in Portland with the family and someone came up to ask me if I was Jerry Rice." He followed with two laughing-to-tears emojis, indicating he took the mistake in stride, but fans should heed the advice of Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl: "A good rule of thumb is to never ask anyone if they're anybody."