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This Week In Portland Food News: A Worker-Owned Pub Arrives, Hair of the Dog Closes, and Akadi Plans to Return

February 18, 2022 Edition
February 18, 2022
At long last, the West African restaurant Akadi is reopening this spring. (Akadi)
It's a bittersweet time in the Portland craft beer world, as the city welcomes the new socialist pub Workers Tap and says goodbye to Modern Times and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company. Plus, read about the recent opening of the Deadstock Coffee spinoff Concourse Coffee, the arrival of the Latin American seafood spot Mi Cava & Cocina, and the upcoming return of the West African destination Akadi, along with a new African grocery store called House of Flavor. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Boxer Add to a List
The local chain Boxer Ramen, which was forced to close its five locations due to the pandemic, has reopened after almost two years under the new name "Boxer," according to a press release. The menu has expanded to include sushi, sake, and cocktails in addition to ramen.
Nob Hill
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Concourse Coffee Add to a List
Deadstock Coffee Add to a List owner Ian Williams opened this new sibling location at the end of January, serving drinks like the "Lebronald Palmer" (a coffee-lemonade combo) and hibiscus tea lemonade. And it's already set to host some exciting members of the food cart world: The Vietnamese soul food cart Matta Add to a List is moving to the spot at the end of the month, followed by the up-and-coming Filipino cart Baon Kainan Add to a List (which we included in our 2021 restaurant highlights Add to a List ) in early March.
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Hana Japanese Bistro Add to a List
This sushi bar on Alberta recently reopened under new management and is serving up a wide variety of sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, bento boxes, teriyaki, noodles, and more.
Alberta Arts District
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HomePort Pizza Add to a List
Owners Maria Hart and Steve Baird opened this Neapolitan-style pizza cart in the Gresham Food Carts Add to a List pod at the end of January. Offerings include margherita, cheese, pepperoni, spicy sausage with mushrooms, "Golden Crown" (garlic aioli sauce, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil), and one rotating monthly special (currently a sweet onion veggie pizza). The cart also serves provolone-topped garlic strips with red marinara sauce for dipping, as well as a sweet s'mores pizza for dessert.
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Kobe Sushi & Ramen Add to a List
This sushi chain with locations in Washington and Oregon recently soft-opened its first Portland outpost. Besides sushi, the spot also offers fried rice, bento boxes, fried gyoza, yakisoba, donburi bowls, ramen, and pad Thai.
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Mi Cava & Cocina Add to a List
Earlier this month, Rafael and Olga Mora, who own a number of Mexican restaurants around Oregon, teamed up with Olga's cousin Ezequiel Gutierrez to debut their first Portland restaurant, a seafood-focused Latin American spot. The menu features dishes such as fresh black mussels, ceviche, steamed clams, tacos al pastor, carne asada, and wagyu burgers, plus beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails like tamarindo mules and smoky mezcal palomas.
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Phở 777 Add to a List
This Vietnamese spot opened in Vancouver in late January, serving spring rolls, phở, bún bò Huế, and other specialties.
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Workers Tap Add to a List
Portland now has a worker-owned and -operated bar where labor organizers can gather to discuss strategies over a pint. The pub features 20 local craft beers and ciders on tap, plus a small library of socialist texts and a basement meeting space that groups can reserve for free.


Akadi Add to a List and House of Flavor Add to a List
Rejoice: Portland's acclaimed West African restaurant Akadi Add to a List , which has been on hiatus for over a year, is reopening with an expanded menu in a new, bigger space at 1001 SE Division St. on May 8. Better yet, chef and owner Fatou Ouattara is also opening a new grocery store called House of Flavor on April 22, with locally grown African fruits and vegetables, house spice blends, house-made sauces, and other ingredients, plus African beer and wine. The upcoming shop will also play its own original videos educating visitors on how to use the ingredients.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise


Elephants Delicatessen Add to a List
The local deli chain is closing its Kruse Way location in Lake Oswego today after 17 years of business, but fear not: It'll reopen a big location in the Lake Grove neighborhood soon.
Lake Oswego

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Add to a List
After nearly 30 years, the trailblazing craft brewery known for its unique barrel-aged beers will close. Owner and founder Alan Sprints announced on Facebook on Valentine's Day that he is retiring and that he will keep the taproom open until sometime this summer to release his last beers and sell the remaining inventory.

Modern Times Add to a List
It's a sad week for craft beer lovers: Also on Valentine's Day, the San Diego-based brewery Modern Times announced it will close four satellite locations, including its Belmont Fermentorium, by the end of the week, due to the financial impact of COVID-19.

Sisters of the Road Cafe Add to a List
This nonprofit cafe providing food for those in need is currently closed. Executive director Dara Snyder told Street Roots that the closure is not permanent but said that the organization is "going through a challenging time and taking a strategic pause" to ensure it can reopen in a "sustainable and supported way." A reopening date has not been announced.
Old Town-Chinatown


World's largest fork comes to Fairview
On Tuesday, the city of Fairview welcomed a gigantic fork that, at 37 feet tall, will break Springfield, Missouri's current record for the largest fork in the world (34 feet). The fork is part of an upcoming food cart pod called the Fairview Food Plaza coming in April and is awaiting an official inspection by a Guinness World Records keeper.

The Portland Craft Beer Festival returns
After a two-year hiatus, the Portland Craft Beer Festival Add to a List is making a triumphant return in 2022. The festivities will include plenty of craft beer from local brewers, plus cider, wine, spritzes, beer/cider slushies, table tennis, cornhole, hula hoops, giant Jenga and Connect Four, and more. 


Zwickelmania® 2022 Add to a List
Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 120 breweries open their doors for your drinking pleasure, with free samples, tastings, meet-the-brewer events, pairings, tours, and beer releases. The first weekend is open throughout the Portland area, while the second is held all over the state.
Portland, Saturday, 12-6 pm and statewide, February 26, 12-6 pm

Hillsbrew Fest Add to a List
Taste pilsners, stouts, porters, IPAs, sour beers, ciders, and more, including plenty of new releases and exclusive brews, from 30 of Oregon's top breweries. Plus, nosh on food from Ochoa’s Mexican Food, Coyote’s Bar & Grill, and Flying Barracuda BBQ, and listen to live music from The Denominators.
Wingspan Convention Center, February 25-27


1927 S'mores Company Add to a List
The artisan s'more purveyor has released a new Moose Tracks flavor kit, complete with cocoa graham crackers, creamy Wild Friends peanut butter, and house-made whiskey salted caramel marshmallows.
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Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut favorite will be serving up beignets on March 1 for Mardi Gras, complemented by Cafe du Monde chicory coffee for the full New Orleans experience.
Hollywood District
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Jackie's Add to a List
In honor of Black History Month, the self-described "bar with sports" Jackie's is teaming up with local addiction counselor Denise Williams (also known as the mother of Deadstock Coffee Add to a List  owner Ian Williams) to offer her famous "trap cake," a butterscotch pound cake with molasses whipped cream and brûléed orange. All of the proceeds from the cake sales will fund free counseling for low-income community members in need. 
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