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This Week In Portland Food News: A Women's Sports Bar Opens, Miami Nice Says Goodbye for Now, and Afuri Plans a Japanese Bakery

April 1, 2022 Edition
April 1, 2022
The women-focused sports bar The Sports Bra opens in Sullivan's Gulch today. (The Sports Bra)
No April Fools here, just some delicious new restaurants to check out—although The Sports Bra, a new women-focused sports bar opening in Sullivan's Gulch today, did initially start out as a joke between friends. In other news, Portland is getting a new Japanese bakery and lesbian bar, and the vegan spot Miami Nice is closing. Read on for more updates. For additional inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Boba Milk Add to a List
After going on hiatus for the winter, this boba cafe on Southeast Division announced on Instagram this week that it will reopen its doors on Saturday.

The Sports Bra Add to a List
Chef-owner Jenny Nguyen opens this women-focused sports bar and restaurant with a name inspired by a long-standing joke between her and her friends today. The establishment will show women's sports, including Portland Thorns games and ATA Football matches, on the TVs and will highlight offerings from women-owned businesses on its menu, such as booze from Freeland Spirits Add to a List , beef from Carman Ranch, and produce from Vibrant Valley Farm. Nguyen's menu of classic pub grub features family recipes like "Mom's baby back ribs" and "Aunt Tina's Vietna-wings."
Sullivan's Gulch

Yui Add to a List
Good news for fans of Chalunthorn “Yui” Schaeffer's Thai restaurant Yui, which opened Add to a List in August 2020 and closed Add to a List last July: It reopens today, with Schaeffer’s mother (known affectionately as "Mama Ta") as the new head chef. Better yet, many of the restaurant's most popular dishes, including sakoo (peanut radish dumplings) and a creative take on pad kee mao using squid ink pasta, are making a comeback.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Doc Marie's Add to a List
Named for the early medical doctor Marie Equi, a pioneering labor and women's rights activist and lesbian who raised a child with her same-sex partner long before it was commonplace, this "lesbian bar for everyone" plans to open in the former Elvis Room Add to a List space on 203 SE Grand Avenue in May. It will be Portland's only dedicated lesbian bar.

Rue Cler Add to a List
A little taste of France is coming to Portland: Former Sol Bowl owner Cindy Hymer plans to open this bar, bakery, restaurant, and grocery store, named for a famous market street in Paris, at 6716 SE Milwaukie Avenue in mid-to-late spring.

Tanaka Add to a List
The team behind Afuri plans to open this Japanese bakery specializing in milk bread and katsu sandwiches in the former Blue Star Donuts Add to a List space in downtown Portland in May.


Dig a Pony Add to a List
The beloved dance club/burger bar Dig A Pony will close its doors this June and will be taken over by : Elizabeth Elder and Bryan Wollen of Lose Yr Mind Fest and Devon and Tyler Treadwell of North Portland’s Tulip Shop Tavern. The Mercury's Jenni Moore has more details.

Miami Nice Add to a List
This vegan spot specializing in "Miami and Cuban flavors so good, you'll swear it's bad" announced via Instagram this week that it is closing for good until it can find a new location. Owner Valerie "Val" Espinoza wrote, "It’s with a very heavy heart I have to say goodbye to you all for now. I will be searching high and low for a permanent home but until then please know it’s been an absolute honor to bring you a piece of my hometown! Thank you to all of you for making this little dream of mine a reality."

Park Avenue Fine Wines Add to a List
This downtown wine bar and restaurant announced via its newsletter on Thursday that it will close permanently at the end of April.


Food Fight gets new owners
The longtime vegan grocer Food Fight Add to a List has been sold to new owners Beth and Adam Sullivan.


Gigantic Weirdtastic Series #1 - Unipiper Hazy IPA Release Party and Bottle Signing Add to a List
Be among the first to try Gigantic Brewing's new Unipiper Hazy IPA, which has "an intensely tropical hop aroma" and was brewed in collaboration with the local celebrity/bagpiper/Darth Vader-helmeted unicyclist himself.
Gigantic Brewing Company, Friday, 4-6 pm

Macaron and Wine Pairing Add to a List
Enjoy the sophisticated pairing of three delicate meringue-based French cookies from Mama's Artisan Sweets with five wines and one sangria.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Friday-Sunday

Local Ocean Pop-Up Add to a List
Acclaimed chef Enrique Sanchez-Rodriguez will sling some of his signature seafood dishes, including black cod deviled eggs, teriyaki tuna kebabs, and moqueca de peixe, at Flying Fish’s Chef Shack cart.
Chef Shack, Saturday-Sunday, 1-8 pm

Powell's Books Presents: J. Kenji López-Alt with Bill Oakley Add to a List
Famed chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt will chat about his new book The Wok and the fundamentals of wok cooking with former Simpsons writer/showrunner (and notable fast food fan) Bill Oakley.
Powell's City of Books, April 8, 6-8 pm


Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut shop's irresistible crop of April flavors includes a marionberry snickerdoodle fritter, blackberry shortcake old fashioned, banana split, cereal milk twist, savory veggie calzone, red velvet Krispie, passionfruit stuffed donut, "caramel Doe-lite" (chocolate glaze with toasted coconut and caramel drizzle), and ube biko (an ube glaze with caramel rice pudding and toasted coconut chips).
Hollywood District
Pickup, delivery

Maurice Add to a List
The French-Norwegian "pastry luncheonette" has introduced a new format with a seven-course prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner, with dishes such as a parsnip and lion's mane mushroom tart and a rhubarb and celery leaf vacherin. Optional tea and wine pairings are also available.

Salt & Straw
For their "Student Inventor" series, Salt & Straw teamed up with Scholastic last summer to ask kids to submit their most imaginative stories to prompt new ice cream flavors. The whimsical results, available in scoop shops and online beginning today: "Bottomless Limes" (a key lime cheesecake flavor with chocolate bark, inspired by a 12-year-old named Rae), "The Ice Cream of Moo" (a salted chocolate ice cream flavor with candied caramel cashews and hunks of maraschino cherry-laced chocolate ganache, inspired by a 10-year-old named Bridget), "Triple Tropic Twist (a raspberry sherbet with mango-pineapple jelly and citrus mousse, inspired by an 11-year-old named Cooper), "Rosie the Pink Flamingo" (a strawberry ice cream with gummy bears and pink sprinkles, inspired by a 6-year-old named Charlotte), and "The Adventurous Llamanaut" (a purple dark cherry ice cream with pink and blue marshmallow fluff, inspired by a 7-year old named Asher).
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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