Happy Weekend, Foster People!

There’s word we’ll hit 70-degrees today. I’ll take it…even if it means we have to endure a wet and gray Saturday and Sunday (which we will). Have fun this weekend, y’all.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– I guess the big news is that Off The Griddle will officially be open tomorrow. The highly anticipated addition of another place to dine and drink should make for a lot of happy people. And, most likely, our strip will get a little bit more vibrant as a result. Tomorrow’s grand opening will be celebrated with happy hour prices all day, as well as vegan jello shots, from 3 – 11 p.m.

– We wrote yesterday about the supposed development potential of the Mt. Scott Fuel site, as advertised in a real estate listing for a neighboring property. We have no reason to believe the soil and rock operation is going anywhere, but it’s an interesting thought. They certainly wouldn’t be our first choice for businesses to leave the area, but I suppose the potential for its 3.8 acres is real (or speculated).

– As pointed out by Next Portland’s weekly look at proposed developments across the city, early assistance has been requested for a project envisioned at 3612 SE 82nd. Currently a vacant building once occupied by the Farm House restaurant, plans for the lot call for a mix of indoor restaurant space (for up to nine tenants) and parking for food carts outside. More details will emerge soon, we’d think. But for now, this is a fun idea for a stretch of 82nd that could use some energy and investment.

– The Foster-Powell Community Garden has evolved a lot over the last four years, when it was just an idea hatched by a few neighbors who sought to transform an ODOT-owned lot which once housed a gas station at 62nd and Powell. Here we are now, and it’s a beautiful, fully functioning community garden with several garden plots, community gathering and event space, a water catchment system, and abundant color. After years of handwork, love and labor, the original and longtime hosts/organizers/care-takers of the lot, Vicki Wilson and John Larsen, are handing the garden over to new and willing hands as they embark on other ventures and pursuits. We wanted to take a moment to thank them for all they’ve done for the neighborhood—not just in creating a community garden, but by beautifying our environment (they’re also the ones behind the Foster Window Project), bringing people and energy together, and being great stewards of the 62nd/Powell site. You can read more (here) about the growth and changes in the garden, as well as Vicki and John’s transition.

We’re skipping the “weekend entertainment” this week. As far as we know, though, you can probably count on live music at Starday Tavern. But you shouldn’t stop there—check out all that Foster has to offer this weekend, from bars and restaurants to book stores, game stores, furniture and skating apparel, and art galleries.

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