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This Week In Portland Food News: The People's Courts Arrives, Twisted Gyros Prepares to Open a Restaurant, and Homegrown Smoker Says Goodbye

September 1, 2023 Edition
September 1, 2023
The plant-based barbecue joint Homegrown Smoker is calling it quits at the end of the month. (Homegrown Smoker)
Welcome to September! We're kicking off the month with a fresh batch of food news, from food options at the deluxe rec center The People's Courts to Twisted Gyros' upcoming brick-and-mortar. Plus, the vegan barbecue spot Homegrown Smoker bids farewell. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


The Chicken Shanty List
This fried chicken chain debuted a new location in Oak Hills on Monday, with a menu of crispy chicken wraps, sandwiches, wings, and more.
Oak Hills
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The People's Courts List
Get ready to play: The People's Courts, a trendy new rec center offering pickleball, bocce, cornhole, ping pong, disc golf, and arcade games, opened last Friday and features two new eateries—The Kitchen, a spot from Olympia Provisions co-owner Nate Tilden serving hearty burgers, bowls, sausages, and salads, and The Parlor, a pizzeria from Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls List .
Madison South
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The Portland Wine Cellar List
According to a press release, sisters Amanda and Kendra Stark, who own Maeve Coffee and Wine List in the Sellwood area, have taken over this cozy wine bar and bottle shop. They've given the space a subtle facelift and expanded hours (11 am-9 pm), and plan to offer Friday night wine tastings, a wine club, and other programming.
Cedar Mill
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Stone's Throw List
This all-day cafe with global influences plans to open in the former Clyde Common List space early next year.

Tréla List
Childhood friends Napoleon and Anthony Tzakis, Emmett Fraser, and Jordan Johnson, who grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, are joining forces to open a Greek restaurant just down the street from the church in October.
North Tabor

Twisted Gyros List
Married couple Widi and Jason Kupper, who own the popular cart Twisted Gyros, will open a brick-and-mortar in Hillsboro in late fall or early winter.


Homegrown Smoker List
This beloved vegan barbecue joint announced on Instagram yesterday that it will close permanently at the end of September, writing, "The primary reason for this decision is that our owner is dealing with some health issues, and our original partner trainee stepped away from the restaurant industry. We’ve been trying and it’s been proven difficult to find a replacement. The toll it has taken on our concept and staff members has been significant, and we have made this decision to avoid any further prolongation of the situation. The team's mental health is priority, and in many ways this will be the right move."

Laurelwood Brewing List
Portland's pioneering craft brewery Laurelwood Brewing has closed its last remaining pub. However, the business will continue to brew beer.
Rose City Park

North Bar List
This neighborhood bar has closed permanently.


Bakeshop expands its hours
Good news for pastry aficionados: As of today, Kim Boyce's celebrated whole-grain bakery Bakeshop, which has been limited to weekend hours only since reopening after the pandemic, is now open on Fridays in addition to Saturdays and Sundays. Go get yourself some figgy buckwheat scones.

Naomi Pomeroy appears as a guest judge on Bobby's Triple Threat
On Tuesday, esteemed Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy made an appearance on the season two premiere of the divisive Food Network chef Bobby Flay's show Bobby's Triple Threat, in which three chefs selected by Flay face off against a guest. In the episode, The Chew host and celebrity chef Michael Symon competed against chefs Brooke Williamson, Tiffany Derry, and Michael Voltaggio. Pomeroy wrote in an Instagram post, "As usual I'm a hard-ass, and put the fear of god into everyone 😂😂😂. Taking shit seriously and calling myself (and others) OUT has always been my strong suit. Let's take it to the back alley y'all -!!! It's a FIGHT."



Cousins Lobster Truck & Coastal Beers Party! Past Event List
The Los Angeles-founded lobster roll chain Cousins Lobster, whose main claim to fame is an appearance on Shark Tank, will sling its creamy crustacean-packed specialties at Loyal Legion. Choose between Maine-style rolls (dressed in mayo) or Connecticut-style (butter and lemon), with additional items like lobster grilled cheese, lobster quesadillas, lobster tots, and clam chowder. Fort George and Buoy Beer will provide cold coastal brews to complement the nosh.
Loyal Legion, 12-8 pm

Mid-Autumn Moonlight Market Past Event List
Lan Su Chinese Garden's second annual Moonlight Market celebrates one of the most important Chinese holidays of the year, the mid-autumn festival. During this evening celebration, the garden will be illuminated with moody lanterns while festival goers shop AANHPI vendors and enjoy live music, lion dances, a rabbit meet-and-greet, and the "world debut of adorable rabbit lantern sculptures from China." Don't miss the mooncakes available on-site—they're a must-have festival treat. LINDSAY COSTELLO
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 2-9 pm


Our Legacy Harvested Presents: BIPOC Block Party Past Event List
Our Legacy Harvested, an organization founded in 2020 in order to educate, advance, and empower the BIPOC community in the wine industry, will host its fourth annual BIPOC block party in front of Mac Market in McMinnville. They'll welcome their new "cru" of harvest interns for the upcoming season and uplift BIPOC artisans, chefs, brewers, vintners, and other industry folks. Look forward to free wine tastings, live music, dance, comedy, and family-friendly activities, including Zumba.
Mac Market, 3-9 pm


Doe Donuts List
The vegan donut shop pairs tangy stone fruit with the irresistible flavor of brown butter in its seasonal peach brown butter fritters, available during September.
Pickup, dine-in

No Saint List
Hightail it to this wood-fired pizzeria to snag yourself a slice of summer squash pizza with gruyere, fresh mozzarella, lemon zest, almond bagna cauda, and Parmigiano Reggiano before the season is over.
Pickup, dine-in

Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Even though it's not officially fall yet, Salt & Straw's new "Harvest Festival" flavor series, which drops today, takes inspiration from autumn. The lineup includes Pumpkin Spiced Tiramisu, Beecher's Cheese with Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Apple Sherbet, Pinot Poached Pear Sherbet, and Chocolate Plum & Hazelnut Shortbread (a vegan flavor).
Various locations
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