Future Drinking

Dot's changes hands, Slabtown gets falafel and more new places to eat and drink in Portland

It's time once again to peak into Portland's drinking and dining future:

Stalwart Southeast Clinton divey diner Dot's Cafe has changed owners—John Ricci and Eli Johnson are the proud new parents of a fine velvet painting collection. 

Slabtown is getting falafels. The hard-rocking northwest Portland bar is bringing on Mike Warm—the drummer for Defect Defect and the Minds and also the man behind the Grilled By Death sandwiches at Blackwater Records' old location—to open The Falafel House at Slabtown. According to Slabtown's blog, he will also be cooking up Belgian fries. 

Laurelwood is opening a new brewpub at 6716 SE Milwaukie Ave., in the former Moreland House space.


Portland restaurant industry vets Capriel and John Pence have applied for a license to their Asian fired chicken joint Basa Basa at upcoming micro restaurant incubator, the Ocean, at 2323 NE Glisan.

Northwest 21st Avenue's Melt is changing owners, and will now be the slightly swankier sounding Melt Bistro & Bar.   

Vitaly Paley must be getting ready to open his new downtown eateries Imperial and the Portland Penny Diner—the Hotel Lucia at 400 SW Broadway has amended its liquor license to include the new spots. 

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant at 18444 E Burnside will now be Yung Cheng Chinese Restaurant.

Kayla Pham is opening Simply Vietnamese at 2216-2218 NE 82nd Ave.

Oregon sports bar chain Lil Cooperstown is opening a Portland outlet at 1831 SW River Dr. in the former Stanford's space.