The Mercury has learned of a new food-centric collaboration between Back Fence PDX and one of the producers behind Live Wire!, Kate Sokoloff. The Dinner and a Story series will feature Back Fence PDX-style storytelling mixed with a multi-course family-style prix fixe menu from a local chef. The start of each course will feature a story from a Portlander of interest who will then join diners for conversation during the meal. There are also plans for additional entertainment during the events, which will begin in late summer. See for more information.

It was reported on Portland Food and Drink this week that Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill is to close on Sunday, June 28. The restaurant was part of the first wave of upscale dining to hit Alberta Street about four years ago. Initially helmed by Chef Eric Bechard, who gained fame among the city's elite eaters, the restaurant never really gained enough traction. After some trouble and an abrupt closure, Bechard eventually left Portland to cook at Seattle's Opal last year. There are new plans for the space to be revived as a whiskey bar.