SALTY SITUATION: There’s a storm swirling at Salty’s on the Columbia
(3839 NE Marine Drive). The answering machine for the restaurant, which
closed Sept. 24, says it shut down temporarily for an “unforeseen
maintenance issue” and will reopen in October. But meanwhile, Salty’s
manager Linda Addy resigned that week from her post, and has co-filed an
application with the restaurant’s landlord, Peter van Schoonhoven, for a
liquor license on a new restaurant called the Catch—in Salty’s space. “I don’t know what Linda and our landlord are trying to do,”
says Salty’s on the Columbia managing partner Nick Nordby, who adds the
restaurant still holds the lease. “Gerry and Kathy [Kingen] own the
restaurant. We’re remodeling our kitchen and we’re reopening.”
Van Schoonhoven says he ousted Salty’s after the owners violated their
lease conditions. Salty’s filed a request for civil injunctive relief
Sept. 24. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 3. More details here.
FILMED IN OREGON: Those mourning the end of Breaking Bad may find small solace in House of Last Things, asupernatural thriller set in Portland starring RJ Mitte
(Walter White Jr., aka Flynn, in the TV series). Writer-director
Michael Bartlett’s film follows three house-sitters, including Mitte,
who discover their temporary suburban residence isn’t so friendly. Most
of the film was shot in Portland, with some Willamette Valley vineyards
standing in for Italy. It’s still on the film-festival circuit and has
no release date yet. >> In other local-related movie news, the
first cinematic adaptation of David Sedaris’ essay about picking apples and carving jade clocks in Oregon opens this weekend. See our review here.
GIMME MODA MORE: There
will be no free chalupas at the Moda Center (née Rose Garden), but
there will be hamburgers topped with peanut butter and bacon. Last week,
a press release announced that beloved local food joints Killer Burger, Fire on the Mountain, Sizzle Pie and Bunk Sandwiches will all be selling grub at Blazers games.
This is one food trend where Portland is way behind the curve—Primanti
Brothers has long served disgusting french-fry sandwiches in Pittsburgh
at Pirates and Steelers games, while New York Mets fans can get Shake
Shack fast food, and Seattle’s Safeco Field peddles seafood from local
chain Ivar’s. >> In other expansion news, Mi Mero Mole,
Nick Zukin’s taqueria on Southeast Division Street, is coming to
Chinatown. The new location will be at Northwest 5th Avenue and Couch
Street and have a similar menu.
AT WWEEK.COM:Online this week, a review of Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck’s new flick, Runner Runner, a preview of the Oregon Ducks-Colorado Buffaloes football game, a Vice writer’s response to our defense of Portland’s hip-hop scene and reviews of local comedy shows.