Hey everybody, lots to unpack this week, so let’s have at it!
First off, this fall the Mercury will switch to a bigger and beefier every-other-week format which means more food news, events, and reviews for you. Our big sister paper up in Seattle did it, and it's going swimmingly. What else is up our sleeves? We just put out our summer issue, which rounds up the best patios to get day drunk at. We also rounded up three local breweries that are opening new second locations. We reviewed and gave the thumbs up to Arden Wine Bar & Kitchen. And we reported that Corzetti, chef Johnny Nunn’s new Italian restaurant, is opening tonight up in the Sabin neighborhood.
What else? Well, late last week, the Oregonian took a sneak peek at Little Beast, the new taproom (with a tres cool patio) in the old Lompoc Hedge House space on SE Division, and it noted that Amanecer, which it calls one of the best taco trucks in the area, is back from its winter slumber and is doling out the good stuff at 193rd at East Burnside.
Portland Monthly broke the news that somm superstar Dana Frank is opening a new wine shop called Bar Norman on Clinton in July, which will skip bottle service and serve between 20 to 25 natural wines by the glass.
In its annual bar issue, Willamette Week looks back on 10 truly great stories emanating from Portland bars and clubs, and it took a deep dive into the menu at Gabriel Rucker’s new casual French restaurant, Canard, and liked what it saw—and tasted.
Lastly, Eater reported a lot of food news this week, including: Pearl Tavern, the ChefStable-Joey Harrington-Ryan Magarian sports bar-steakhouse is closing on June 5 (with a teaser about a new concept coming to the place, courtesy of Magarian); Stormbreaker is brewing and serving new beers up in St. Johns; Doug Adams’ much anticipated Bullard restaurant is getting closer to opening after the wesbiste jumped down the rabbit hole of the chef’s personal Instagram feed; and Rabbits Cafe, the downtown vegan spot from Sanjay Chandrasekaran will open a second spot at NE 6th and Couch sometime in June.
And one last thing: Craft cocktail bartender, author and columnist Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Clyde Common, Pepe le Moko) was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday and taught the host how to make Huber’s-style Spanish Coffees. Turns out that Morgenthaler’s a natural for TV, too.