Ah, this is what we’ve all been waiting for, right? Pure sun and not-yet-unbareable heat. That alone presents a ton of opportunities: walk, bike, barbecue, garden, happy hour. We’ve got plenty of places to stroll to in the ‘hood, so make sure you do it. It’s good for your health, it’s good for the neighborhood.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– Speaking of getting outside AND happy hours, GoLocalPDX included a certain Foster locale in their list of best places to drink outside. Yep, the Portland Mercado continues to get mad love, and GoLocalPDX listed Barrio—the somewhat Latin-themed wine and beer bar—as one of Portland’s top 11 places to drink outside. Dang. And they’ve barely been open. That’s some propers.
– While we’re at it, though, here’s our customary run-down of other places to wine and dine outside on Foster: Pod Bar and Carts on Foster, Devils Point, Foster Burger (patio), Slingshot (sidewalk and patio), FoPo Tavern, Nayar Taqueria, Bar Maven (sidewalk and patio), NWIPA, Bar Carlo, O’Malley’s, Starday Tavern, Gemini Lounge, Da Hui, Andy’s (patio, if you must), Spot 79 (patio). Sorry if we missed you. But, oh, there’s also Pieper Cafe, An Xuyen, and Speedboat Coffee if you’re not a drinker (though Pieper may soon have the best of both worlds). Ok, get it…there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the sun on Foster.
– Speaking of food and drink, we’ll briefly turn our attention to the Powell side of things. Dickey Doo’s (no joke, that’s what it’s called) Pub and Grub, at SE 66th and Powell, will be serving up good (we actually don’t if it’ll be good) eats on a weekly basis with their Soul Food Weekends. Mmmmm.
– Ok, back to Foster. I’m sure you noticed the crowds at the Mercado this week. But before we go on and on (and on) about all the great food, let us first give another plug to Kaah Market as a reminder that 1) the Mercado is more than just food carts and 2) Foster now has another reason to skip Fred Meyer for your grocery needs. The small neighborhood market specializes in fruits and vegetables (both organic and non), with a selection of spices, milk, cheese, tortillas, sauces, and pan dulce. Support them to ensure we have a continued presence of more healthy food options. Seriously, a walkable neighborhood market!
– Performance Works NW (on 67th, just north of Foster) is bringing another show to its space this Sunday, as they’ll be hosting Catfish’s release party and concert. Reed Wallsmith and the John Gross Duo will be joining Catfish in the mostly-jazz bash. $5, $10 for admission and CD – show starts at 7:30.
– Midpoint Food and Drink is getting in on the music action, too. Catch DJ Lee Denim and his collection of country gold tonight (Friday, 7:30) for some live-spun country.
– Don’t forget, Nong’s Khao Man Gai food truck will be posting up in front of NWIPA tonight, while DJ Doomhammer spins whatever he spins inside; Kim Jong Grillin will be slangin’ Korean fare from its truck Saturday. That’s a good two-day showing.
– Soooo…the six months (ok, it seems more like a year) of back-and-forth negotiations between Nick Haas and the Bob White Theatre’s owner, Nick Storie, are no longer back-and-forth. They just aren’t—no negotiations. And by no negotiations, we mean no deal is to be had. Which also means that theater will again sit in purgatory as Storie tries to find someone to pay half a million for the property. The younger Nick had placed multiple offers and had multiple investors, but in the end a deal couldn’t be worked out. The purchase price has also gone up in the time that they had been negotiating—it’s now going for $450,000 to be exact. We’ll touch on this more next week. But in the meantime, if you know anybody with half a fortune to buy and renovate a theater…
– With no more manager to run the Bob White, we’re not quite sure what it means for already planned shows. Specifically, we can’t say for certain whether Repo! The Genetic Opera will be having its benefit show for Red Castle Games tonight. But if they are, and you’re into this, check ’em out.
– Ok, just a couple more things: the Foster-Powell Community Garden is having its annual plant sale on Sunday, from 9 am – 3 pm, and the Annual Neighborhood Cleanup is May 2. Both raise money for a good cause.
– In addition to all the happenings listed above, don’t forget Starday Tavern always has live music on the weekends. Friday brings Hollowdog, StoneFace Honey performs Saturday.
Enjoy the weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.