Happy Weekend, Foster People!

A trip to sunny California, or Arizona, or coastal Florida, really sounds nice right about now. We don’t mean to be a bummer, but the weather has us down. The few recent sun breaks have been refreshing, but we’re still not over the hump. Here’s hoping to good weather soon. Welcome to your weekend!

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– An EaterPDX article this week mentioned the impending opening of Off The Griddle, the eagerly awaited veggie burger (and more) restaurant. Off the Griddle is in the final stages of renovation, and the former Double Treble/Gemini Lounge/Lizards/Renos/Yadayada space will soon be slangin’ their burgers to the Foster masses. Get ready!

– Earlier this week we posted about the YMCA rebuild that will replace the old childcare facility with a bigger and more modern version, along with the addition of 54 apartments. The mixed-use development joins two other mixed-use residential projects proposed for Foster, and will be one of the first dominoes to fall in terms of new construction coming to the commercial corridor. Hopefully it has a net-positive impact.

– On the Powell side of things: Hello Lay Low Tavern, Goodbye Dennis’ 7 Dees. The former Coasters Bar & Grill (at 6015 SE Powell) is newly transformed into an old, SE Portland version of Club 21, the now-closed but once popular bar just off of NE Glisan and Sandy Blvd. The owners of Club 21 bought Coasters, transplanted a bit of the old decor from Club 21, renamed the space Lay Low Tavern, and voila….the newest neighborhood bar. And just throwing this out there: they do brunch on the weekends and have a rad little assortment of burgers.

– Oh, and about 7 Dees. Word is, they’re gone. We mentioned plans for development on the property several months ago, and it appears it’s all coming to fruition. The end result, a lot of self-storage units and the departure of the garden center. We’ll post more about the proposed self-storage facility next week, but we can safely say this two-block stretch of Powell is quickly changing.

Here’s your weekend entertainment:
SMART Collective- Gidrah//Isolation Chamber//Vanity Project//Brilleu//Morality, Friday at 6:30; Bashface//Quone//Deer Park//Bitter Buddha, Saturday from 5 – 9 pm
Starday Tavern- Lucas Benoit (6 – 8) and 2nd Annual FoxFest: Live Portland Hip-Hop (9 – midnight), Friday; Sarah Gwen Peters (6-8) and Tenbrook Bluegrass (9 – midnight), Saturday

As always, let us know what else is going on. Enjoy the weekend, y’all…

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