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This Week In Portland Food News: A Fantasy-Themed Cafe Arrives, Ripe Cooperative Closes, and The República Team Debuts a New Restaurant

October 14, 2022 Edition
October 13, 2022
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Artist Mike Bennett's latest creation is Wonderwood Springs, a fantastical cafe and tavern with an immersive quest storyline. (Janey Wong)
Portland's dining scene is in full swing at the moment, with new arrivals ranging from a whimsical new fantasy-themed cafe to a French bistro to a Mexican-Pacific Northwest restaurant. In sadder news, chef Naomi Pomeroy's restaurant and marketplace Ripe Cooperative is calling it quits. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

Bistro Alder Add to a List
The downtown Dossier Hotel Add to a List opened this swanky French brasserie serving steak frites and croque-monsieurs on September 20, according to a press release.
Downtown
Pickup, dine-in

Bula Kava House Add to a List
The SE Division cafe Add to a List specializing in kava (an herbal beverage known for its calming effects) expanded with a new location in Vancouver in late September.
Vancouver
Pickup, dine-in

Fools and Horses Add to a List  
Pink Rabbit Add to a List owner and manager Collin Nicholas debuted this throwback steakhouse-inspired bar with rare whiskeys, a raw bar, and retro cocktails in the former Vault Cocktail Lounge Add to a List on October 5.
Pearl District
Pickup, dine-in

Fortune BBQ Noodle House Add to a List
Montavilla now has a new destination for Cantonese eats. This Chinese restaurant, which launched in late September, offers roast duck and pork, wonton noodle soup, congee, and other specialties.
Montavilla
PIckup, dine-in

Ice Queen Add to a List
The plant-based paleta business Ice Queen, which has received praise in the past from Mercury arts and culture editor Suzette Smith, opens its new brick-and-mortar retail shop in Hosford-Abernethy today and will offer a limited selection through the weekend.
Hosford-Abernethy
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Lilia Comedor Add to a List
The team behind the acclaimed República Add to a List , which was recently named one of the 50 best new restaurants of 2022 by Bon Appétit, opened this Pacific Northwest-influenced kitchen helmed by former República chef Juan Gomez on Tuesday. 
South Waterfront
Dine-in

Nico's Cantina Add to a List and Nico's Coffee Add to a List
Nico's Ice Cream owner Nico Vergara has been busy lately. First, he opened a Mexican bar and restaurant in Cully on September 24. Vergara was inspired by the lively cantina scene of Guadalajara, where he lived for a year; consequently, the bar serves free botanas (snacks) like peanuts and chicharrones alongside tacos, ice cream, and mezcal- and tequila-based drinks. Next, he debuted a new cafe called Nico's Coffee, serving empanadas, chicha cold brew, and cafecito, on October 1.
Cully, Vernon
Pickup, dine-in

Phin Caphe and Boba Add to a List
This Vietnamese coffee and boba shop hosted its grand opening in late September.
Powellhurst-Gilbert
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Red Sweet Korean Cuisine Add to a List
The Westmoreland neighborhood welcomed this Korean spot specializing in dishes like taiyaki and bulgogi toward the end of September.
Westmoreland
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Second Profession Brewing Add to a List
Copier-salesman-turned-brewer Charlie Goman, who launched this aptly named brewery five years ago, opened a taproom in the former Labrewatory Add to a List space on October 8, next to Tamale Boy and Smokin’ Fire Fish.
Eliot
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Wonderwood Springs Add to a List
Local artist and "public joy creator" Mike Bennett, known for his colorful and playful creations, will open this immersive fantasy-inspired cafe and tavern in St. Johns tomorrow. The spot is decorated floor-to-ceiling in Bennett's signature style and features themed elixirs such as the "Fire Breathing Mocha" (a mocha with chocolate sauce, Ceylon cinnamon, and cayenne pepper syrup), the "Butter Brew Latte" (a latte with house-made butter toffee sauce), and the "Mead Latte" (honey, black tea, and orange zest syrup), in addition to chai, cider, "chaider," espresso, and sandwiches. Not only that, but adventurous guests will be able to take part in an immersive experience called "Wonderwood: The Scourge of Castle Maplehold," in which they must help the Castle Maplehold sort out a "dastardly deciduous magical menace that has befallen it." The quest is available 11 am-7 pm, Tuesday-Sunday.
St. Johns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

CLOSURES

Fills Add to a List and Lac St. Jack Add to a List
The Berliner-style doughnut shop Fills is set to shutter its Mercato Grove location on November 23, citing a lack of traffic as the main reason for the closure. Meanwhile, fellow Mercato Grove business Lac St. Jack, the Lake Oswego spinoff of the French restaurant St. Jack, will close on October 29—a reason was not given for the closure.
Lake Oswego

Ripe Cooperative Add to a List
Celebrated chef Naomi Pomeroy's restaurant and marketplace Ripe Cooperative, which replaced her influential restaurant Beast in late 2020, will close permanently tomorrow. Pomeroy wrote in an Instagram post, "We aren't quite sure what's next, but the equation here will not solve. It has been a GORGEOUS experiment at 5425 NE 30th. We built a team of incredible talent and passion. . .Instead of just moving to Europe, where cafe culture is alive and well, and people gather around small tables at all hours with friends and family, we tried bringing that spirit here instead. I think we more than succeeded, even as we retreat. We will see you further down the road, in some shape or form. We cannot thank you enough for your support these last couple of years, this last decade and a half."
Concordia

Rotigo Add to a List
This European-inspired bar and bistro known for its rotisserie chicken will close its doors next Saturday, October 22 and plans to reopen with a new TBA concept.
Nob Hill

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Snack Fest Add to a List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors.
Alder Block

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Double Dews & Brews Add to a List
Bring your pup kitted out in a Halloween costume, meet adorable adoptable dogs, enter a raffle, and enjoy beers from a special keg to help raise funds for the Great Pyrs & Paws Rescue. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed canine guests.
Craft Pour House, 3-7 pm

Schilling Cider Maker's Dinner Add to a List
Welcome the beginning of decorative gourd season (and National Cider Month) with a four-course gluten-free feast prepared by Top Chef contestant Sara Hauman. The night will feature dishes such as apple-fennel-leek bisque, poached albacore tuna, chestnut crepe, and cider-braised pork belly, all paired with beverages from Schilling Hard Cider. All proceeds will benefit Feeding America's mission to end hunger in America.
Shine Distillery & Grill, 7-10 pm

Glitter Cat x Portland Coffee Barista Olympics Add to a List
Baristas will show off their coffee prowess for a shot at winning prizes and glory at this fun and friendly competition. You can throw down the gauntlet yourself or just gawk at the action while enjoying free tacos (with vegan and gluten-free options available) and beverages.
Guilder Cafe, 7 pm

OCTOBER 14-23

Old Fashioned Week Add to a List
Try renditions of Don Draper's drink of choice, the classic old fashioned, at various participating locations like G-Love, Pacific Standard, and Pink Rabbit. The event, hosted by the bourbon brand Elijah Craig, will raise funds for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which aids food and beverage workers going through mental health struggles and other hardships.
Various locations

OCTOBER 14-31

Dine the Couve Add to a List
All October long, you'll have the opportunity to explore Vancouver's culinary scene with special menus that offer three items for $25 or $35. If you check in at five participating locations and order their menu, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the participating restaurant of your choice.
Various locations across Vancouver

OCTOBER 17-31

Black Lagoon Pop-Up Bar Add to a List
Break out your best goth finery: The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's stylish '70s-inspired bar Hey Love is hosting Black Lagoon, a spooky Halloween-themed pop-up bar. The experience, dreamed up by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and deliciously ghoulish libations like the "Closed Casket" (Bruichladdich Classic, St. Remy, Giffard L’Abricot, passionfruit syrup, and miso falernum) and the "Hellraiser" (Hornitos, Chairman’s Spiced Rum, Cointreau, and spiced oat orgeat).
Hey Love

SPECIALS

Eb & Bean
Looking for a dose of fresh-from-the-orchard flavor? Opt for Eb & Bean's oat milk-based apple pie frozen yogurt, made with Bakeshop Add to a List oat streusel and Bloom Caramel coconut milk caramel drizzle.
Irvington, Clinton, Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Gabbiano's Add to a List
Make the most of fig season with Gabbiano's stunning "Miss Figgy" cocktail, which contains gin, grappa, Mission figs, lemon, and frothy egg white.
Concordia
Pickup, dine-in

Lauretta Jean's Add to a List
The charming bakery is putting a spin on the classic cream puff with butterscotch filling.
Richmond
Pickup

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