Help save the Laurelthirst building!
Help save the Laurelthirst building! Courtesy Laurelthirst

This week, we reported that Beaverton's getting a 31-cart food cart pod in the form of BG’s Food Cartel, which opens today if you’re hungry for a taste. You should also dust off that old ambrosia recipe, because we also pointed out that East Portland Eagle Lounge is hosting the Mid-Century Portland Potluck Party on February 11. And lastly, our music critic, Ciara Dolan, had the news that live music bar, the Laurelthirst Public House, the city’s oldest independent venue, has started a GoFundMe campaign to buy the building it occupies in order to save Old Portland from New Portland.

The O sure broke and made some news this week. It reported that the metro area will soon welcome the second of three planned Cracker Barrel restaurants, with this one sprouting up in Beaverton. It said that Stanich’s has been closed since January 8 for a deep cleaning, but has yet to reopen, meaning eaters of their famous burgers are in the throws of some serious beefless DTs. And thanks to Willamette Week, we all learned that the Oregonian just laid off 11 employees, including ace food writer Samantha Bakall whom someone should definitely hire right away.

Speaking of Willamette Week: It wrote that the fellas behind Robo Taco have quietly opened High Score, an adult arcade that features microwavable “artisanal Robo Taco-brand frozen burritos,” a somewhat indescribable Aerosmith-themed first person-shooter video game, and, once the OLCC gives them the nod, beer.

This one is one of those, “I’m not sure how to feel stories.” Eater PDX has the news that Portland’s oldest McDonald’s, constructed in 1962 at 91st and Powell, will be demolished later this month. True, it’s a bummer that we’re losing that historic mid-century modern-era architecture, but should we mourn the loss of that architecture which, even at the time, was a cookie-cutter carbon copy of other Mickey-Ds? Regardless of how you feel about it, know this: the fast food joint’s franchisee will be handing out tiles as regulars to souvenirs in the coming weeks. The website also was the first to report that Holstein’s, the Pearl District’s still spanking new Las Vegas-based burger and boozy shake concept on NW Couch, closed earlier this month with hardly a whimper. And yesterday, it brought the news that Nuvrei’s Marius Pop is opening a second Pop Bagel shop right across the street from his flagship bakery on NW 10th.

The Portland Business Journal shows its food scene cred by breaking the story that Tea Bar, with locations in the NE, NW, and SE, is opening a fourth shop this spring on SW Park.

And Nate Tilden’s Spanish-inspired small plates spot, Bar Casa Vale, is getting into the brunch game on February 10, so prepare yourself for boozy am cocktails and eggs benes with espelette pepper-laced hollandaise.