Scoop: Lidia Yuknavitch's Movie, Jerry Seinfeld's Meal

  1. HEADS UP: Dora: A Headcase by Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch has been optioned for a movie. Katherine Brooks, who’s worked on a few feature films and a slew of MTV reality shows—including The Real World and The Osbournes—will adapt the novel, which is a contemporary retelling of Sigmund Freud’s famous case study of a girl diagnosed with hysteria. Yuknavitch isn’t sure if she’ll be involved in the screenplay, which must be written in the next 12 months. “I very much hope so, if only to smile like a dork and nod my head ‘Hell, yes’ several times,” says Yuknavitch, who sees Dora as a story of love and liberation. “I hope the cinematic version contributes to the hard work some of us are doing daily to represent the stories of women and girls as vital and interruptive of the woman-as-object trope.”
  1. GROWLER WAR: The Fred Meyer on Hawthorne is getting growlers. On Jan. 27, the store cleared out its organic beer space to make room for a 16-tap beer growler-filling station, just in time to compete with the new Growlers, a 48-spout fill-to-go spot at 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Growlers officially opens next week as Portland’s first “dedicated, single-purpose growler fill station” and, apart from samples, won’t serve any booze onsite.
  1. BIKE MALL: The massive 657-unit Lloyd District apartment complex Hassalo on Eighth will have parking for a minimum of 1,200 bikes—making it the largest bike-parking project in North America, according to More than 500 of those bikes will be valet-parked, outpacing the 300 valet parking spots at Oregon Health & Science University, currently the largest valet bike-parking lot in North America. Just less than 1,000 car parking spots are planned for the apartment project, most of which are intended for offices and an anticipated (but unconfirmed) grocery store.
  1. YAW’S REFRACTED: Two iconic Hazelwood neighborhood businesses that closed last year seem to be consolidating—sort of. Jason Kindle, former bar manager of the Refectory, a 40-year-old nightclub that shut down last February, has applied for a liquor license to open a 135-seat bar called Bridge City Taproom in the former Yaw’s Top Notch location (11340 NE Halsey St.). Mitch Stanley, who owned the Refectory for 30 years, had also expressed interest in opening a bar in Hazelwood after his nightclub closed. He told the Mid-County Memo community newspaper he would call it Stanley’s Taproom.
  1. DIDJA EVER NOTICE...?: Jerry Seinfeld apparently learned what it’s like to try to dine in Portland’s popular West End. According to former WW staffer Byron Beck, the comedian tried unsuccessfully to find a seat at Rick Gencarelli’s pasta restaurant, Grassa, while in town Jan. 24. In a zany inconvenience that seems ripe for humor, Seinfeld and his entourage had to trundle their carbonara to neighboring Lardo instead.