Burgerville threatens strike.
Burgerville threatens strike. Tyler Gross

In the week’s most interesting news, KGW reports that Portland has a serial dine-and-dasher. The suspect has a schtick, too. Apparently he finishes his meal, gets up, and leaves behind his coat and a dummy phone before bouncing without paying the check. Click through to see a photo of the white beardo suspect captured on surveillance video at C-Bar so that you can see him coming if he drops by your place of business. And he just might. According to the report, the suspect may be linked to dine-and-dashes at 17 other restaurants in which he’s allegedly racked up more than $1,000 in unpaid eats.

This week, the Mercury reported that Burgerville is officially demanding to be recognized as a union. Representatives of the nascent group delivered a letter to the corporate brass’ headquarters in Vancouver, who refused to let them in the building. Other Burgervilles have formed their own small independent unions, but the one at 92nd and Powell is the first to ask to be recognized. The matter was to go before the National Labor Relations Board, which would’ve made a decision on whether or not the chain has to recognize the union. On Wednesday, Burgerville announced it would let the employees hold a vote on whether the Powell store should unionize (something they legally are required to do), which has since been scheduled for April 22 and 23.

We also had the news that Pop Bagel is now selling pretzel bagels from a new space on NW 10th, and that the owners of Radio Room have opened a new bar, Keys Lounge, out in the King neighborhood.

In other news, Maya Lovelace’s Kickstarter campaign to raise dough for her Mae/Yonder restaurants passed the $30K goal line last week, which is what she’d hoped to pull in all along; Coco Donuts has opened a sixth shop at Broadway and Montgomery on the PSU campus; and Rosswood, a new Willamette River-adjacent breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch spot, is open in the River’s Edge Hotel.

The Oregonian reported that the country’s third oldest McDonald’s, located on SE Powell is now just a “hole in ground,” and the paper also took a first look at Cathy Whims’ new wine bar, Enoteca Nostrana, which she built out right next door to her flagship Italian restaurant.

OPB broke the story that Boyd Coffee Company, which operated out of Oregon for 118 years, has been purchased by a Texas roaster and distributor who’s moving operations to the Lone Star State—laying off 135 Oregonians in the process.

Portland Monthly shared the story that Hat Yai’s Earl Ninsom is opening a SE version of his Southern Thai restaurant on Belmont, and that the pop-up, Jolie Laide, will settle into its first brick-and-mortar as Hat Yai’s first neighbor. It also took a sneak peek at Gabe Rucker and Andy Fortgang’s new menu at Canard, their much-anticipated “wild French bar food” joint right next door to Le Pigeon. (Canard should open April 16.) Finally, the magazine explored food insecurity and how the Oregon Food Bank longs for the days it’ll no longer be needed (IOW: when everybody’s fed).

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The culinary travel website Ravenous Traveler brought the news that Pelmini Pelmeni, a Slavic food cart, is the first to take up residence at the FoPo Food Carts pod, located just a block from the Portland Mercado. It also reports that two more carts are on the way: Hapa Ramen PDX and Los Tamales Locos.

Eater had a report that Palomar, the Cuban food and cocktail spot by Ricky Gomez is open on SE Division; that Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar is open in the Porter Hotel in downtown Portland; and that, no, Top Chef winner Mei Lin is not opening a restaurant in Portland as had been previously wished for, at least not any time soon.

And finally, Willamette Week says goodbye to another food and drink writer. This time, critic Matthew Korfage is leaving to be the new food critic at a paper in Virginia Beach. If he's still around by the time you read this, and you're sitting at the same bar, buy him a beer and say, "Thanks."

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