Scoop: Virtual Bottle Shops and a Farewell to Ben

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  1. CZECH, PLEASE: When Enzo Lanzadoro, owner of Enzo’s Caffe Italiano on Northeast Alberta Street, heads back to Italy on vacation this weekend, his restaurant will go with him. For three weeks, until Lanzadoro returns, the space will be turned over to Karel and Monika Vitek, owners of downtown’s beloved Czech food cart, Tabor. The Viteks will serve their trademark Schnitzelwich alongside other Czech food and beer.
  1. DRINK UP: Das Beer, a not-yet-online Web-based beer store, has applied for a license to offer onsite customer pickup at 211 SE Madison St. two days a week. >> Tabla owner Adam Berger’s upcoming meatball and milkshake concept, 24th & Meatballs, which is scheduled to open at developer Kevin Cavenaugh’s “food cart incubator,” the Ocean, at 2341 NE Sandy Blvd., has applied for a limited license. >> More fresh produce in the Pearl? Yes, please. Local Choice Produce Market, a produce market and deli, has applied for an off-premises license at 830 NW Everett St. According to the application, the business will host “farmer dinners” and live music on first Thursdays. >> The Waffle Window is opening a second window at 2624 NE Alberta St., for which it has applied for a limited license. >> Daniel Huish has applied to open a bottleshop called N.W.I.P.A.—we’re not sure if this is an intentional N.W.A. reference— at 6350 SE Foster Road, in the former location of Guapo Comics and Coffee. >> Both Hopworks locations have applied for full liquor licenses. A nice stiff whiskey should help drown out all those screaming kiddies.
  1. THE RACE FOR EQUALITY: Sadly, WW’s green Subaru lost in the Stumptown 40 adult pinewood derby. However, a very worthy winner had something to prove with the tiny car he raced down a ramped track. Champ Nic Petersen dedicated his victory to “all the gay Boy Scouts—EVER.” He was still beaming the next day: “The best part of the night was raising the trophy...and a bar full of brodudes cheering. Like, whoa. I felt strong holding my first trophy for anything ever.”
  1. BYE, BEN: Ben Waterhouse, WW’s assistant arts & culture editor, is leaving to take a position at Oregon Humanities. Ben arrived at WW as an intern in 2006, and has been our lead theater critic and special-section honcho. He’s our most gentlemanly and scholarly culture staffer and we’ll miss him a lot. In related news, Matthew Singer will now oversee our theater and comedy coverage (with help from Rebecca Jacobson), and Ruth Brown will take over most of our special sections.
  1. BERRY SORRY: A blurb in last week’s Devour guide said that Ken’s Artisan Bakery uses mid-winter strawberries that aren’t local. Actually, owner Ken Forkish says he only uses local strawberries in season. We apologize for the error.

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