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November 6th, 2013 WW Culture Staff | Scoop
 

Scoop: Gossip’s Boss Gave it a Hawaiian…Pizza.

scoop_philgeffner_4001PHIL GEFFNER - IMAGE: Vivian Johnson
  • TOTALLY TUBULAR: It took two tries, but Portland finally holds the world record for the longest floating tube chain. Last week, Will Levenson of the Big Float got official word from Guinness World Records that the July 5 event set the record for “Most People in a Floating Line.” A group of 620 tubers joined hands on the Willamette River to break the record previously held by the Italian city of Viareggio, which gathered 542 tubers in 2008. Levenson, co-owner of Popina Swimwear, founded the Human Access Project to promote swimming in the Willamette. There’s more information about the Human Access Project on page 53 of today’s Give!Guide insert.
  • NO MAN IS AN ISLAND: Some pizza places celebrate their anniversaries with a coupon. But Phil and Lauren Geffner, brother-sister co-owners of longtime shop Escape From New York Pizza, are taking their entire 13-member staff on vacation to Hawaii in honor of the pie-slinger’s 30th year. They did the same thing for the 25th anniversary. “We went on a boat last time to see some manta rays,” says Phil, “but they didn’t show up. So maybe they’ll show up this time.” The Geffners have kept in touch with most Escape veterans over the years, so while the current staff is snorkeling or taking a helicopter ride this month, ex-employees will keep the shop running. “To my mind, you’ve got to be grateful,” Phil says of the trip. “You look at your life and you go, ‘That’s 30 years. That’s a long time.’ Who would’ve ever thought 30 years?”
  • LITTLE BIGGERBURGER: The Blue Pig Cafe closed its location on Southeast 20th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard last week. The brunch spot’s previous location on Division Street became Nick Zukin’s Mi Mero Mole when it moved three years ago. This time? Hot on the heels of Micah Camden’s opening of Boxer Ramen in the West End, sources at Camden’s Little Big Burger have confirmed that the local chain is in talks to open a seventh location in the Blue Pig space. >> Dwayne Beliakoff, former owner of closed restaurants Roux and Violetta, is listed as manager on a liquor application for a to-be-named bar and restaurant at 4703 N Lagoon Ave., formerly Swan Island Pizza. The business would be co-owned by Jonathan Cobbs of the Bitter End Pub (currently closed) and Jenna Kiker. They plan to install video lottery machines.
  • THE PRO-EST AM: Let’s have a hearty round of applause for Sasquatch Brewing, which won the top prize at the first Portland Pro/Am beer festival Nov. 2. Hillsdale’s Sasquatch teamed with homebrewer George Dimeo, a certified cicerone and 18-year employee of Maletis Beverage, to make a vanilla bourbon creme ale flavored with oak chips soaked in Evan Williams bourbon and served on nitro. The brew took first place with both festivalgoers and judges. As for the fest? We’ll let The Oregonian’s John Foyston, dean of Portland beer writers, sum it up: “I heard from a lot of people yesterday at Willamette Week’s inaugural Pro/Am that this was one of the nicest festivals they’ve been to, and I agree.”
 
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