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This week, the Mercury reported that 70s-inspired fern bar Hey Love finally opened. We visited the new/old Smallwares up on N Williams and came away mostly—but not entirely—satisfied. And we made a nostalgic bar crawl of the Lloyd District, where “the past is present.” Oh, and don’t forget, the Merc’s Veg Week starts on Monday, so get out there and enjoy some inexpensive vegan food!
The Oregonian reported that Park Kitchen, the last no-tip Portland restaurant standing, might have to pay $580,000 to 41 employees for past tip pooling policies (that’s the thing that happens when servers are asked, or sometimes forced, to share tips with support staff and kitchen crew) after a jury in county court voted in favor of the restaurant’s employees. The O also reported on another scandal: Colin Yoshimoto, the chef who put the fast-casual joint Poke Mon on the local dining map was fired from his job, resulting in the entire support staff walking off the job en masse, causing the restaurant to close for at least two days. Lastly, the paper reported that Dub’s is closing down it operations in its N Lombard digs.
Speaking of closures, Willamette Week reported that it’s looking pretty likely that Purringtons Cat Lounge will shutter—unless someone’s willing to take it over. (It seems that the owners might be moving out of state.) The alt-weekly also visited Fish & Rice, the new fast-casual Alphabet District sushi and poke restaurant, which charmed its critic with its service and its killer $13 two-rolls-soup-and-salad lunch deal.
PoMo broke the news that the owners of Langbaan, Matt’s Barbecue, and the cocktail pop-up, Shipwreck, and bringing smoked meats, Thai eats, and island drinks to the old Ray Spot up on N Williams, and it published its Best New Restaurants list. Topping the charts? Chef Gabriel Rucker’s French bar food joint Canard.
Finally, you know how the O reported that Park Kitchen is on the hook for just over half a million dollars? Eater wrote that the number might be as high as $843,000 once you count all the legal bills. Finally, the website tipped its hat to the website Fitt, which reported that the guy who brought you the Aviv and Gonzo food carts is opening a vegan ice cream shop called Be Sweet.