Pizza Jerk
Pizza Jerk Natalie Behring

This city’s food and drink reporters were on their toes this week.

Over here at the Mercury, we reported on the Mr. Benny’s food cart owner who was arrested for allegedly showing his penis to a woman Uber delivery driver, about Boxer Ramen’s plans to open a new Sellwood noodle shop sometime in the late spring, how the wine pros from Thelonious Wines plan on taking over the old Coppia (née Vino Paradiso spot), which will be called Arden Wine Bar & Kitchen, and how they’re bringing on a chef with Bay Area Michelin-star street cred to run the burners.

The O’s reporting that the boys behind Voodoo Donuts are opening a new fried dough joint in Orlando.

PoMo’s got the first look on a pair of new restaurants: Greg and Gabi Denton’s French comfort food spot, Bistro Agnes, which replaces their short-lived SuperBite spot in downtown’s West End, and the brand new The People’s Pig, which just opened shiny new digs on E Burnside, two blocks east of the popular 28th avenue dining drag.

Fellow alt-weekly Willamette Week reported that Vietnamese street food restaurant Hem 23 is up, running, and serving frog legs and craft cocktails on NW 23rd, and they had the first word that Embers Avenue won’t be closed for long, as a California bar owner and developer has plans to replicate his Sacramento gay nightclub, Badlands, in the Old Town-Chinatown space.

And Eater PDX says that Tommy Habetz’s original Morrison Street Bunk location has shuttered—and will be replaced with a SE version of Habetz’s popular Cully pie joint, Pizza Jerk. The website also broke the news that a couple of well-loved Portland restaurants—Life of Pie and Pine State Biscuits—will set up shop in the old redeveloped Besaw’s space by summer.

And this just in: Two longtime Alphabet District restaurants, Slabtown Ribs and BBQ and The Gold Tex-Mex Br & Grill (formerly Acapulco’s Gold) have shuttered. Both closed earlier this year for repairs and maintenance, and now are gone for good.

And if you like wine or eating the creations of local celebrity chefs, the Classic Wines Auction, is once again pairing both for their annual winemaker dinner series. Who’s participating? Well, Dame, Kachka, Park Kitchen, St. Jack, and the new much-buzzed about Nightwood Society, to name just a few. Why are we telling you this now, when the week’s worth of dinners doesn’t run until February 20 till March 1? Because several of them have already sold out. Don’t sleep!