Hip-Hop Club Owner Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Portland, OLCC


The owner of the Fontaine Bleau, a former hip-hop club in Northeast Portland shut down last year after noise complaints and a fatal shooting, filed suit yesterday in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for pursuing “a campaign intended to thwart black-owned clubs or clubs that played hip hop and catered to the Black community,” according ...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign


Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze. The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon. Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of state-licensed liquor stores and a few grocery stores ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Oregon Liquor Control Commission Director Was Arrested for DUII in 2010

Steve Marks told a state trooper he hadn't been drinking; the breathalyzer showed he had been.


The newly named executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was arrested in September 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and he twice denied to a state trooper he had been drinking, even though a breathalyzer subsequently showed that wasn't true, documents obtained by WW show.Steve Marks, 52, was then a campaign aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber. Marks has worked for Kitzhaber, ...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


Portland officials say a besieged OLCC won’t crack down.

News Stories
As Mayor Charlie Hales continues to target neighborhood livability, city officials say he’s not getting cooperation from a crucial partner: the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?

Dr. Know
Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Kitzhaber Recommends Kendall Clawson To Be New OLCC Chief

kendall clawson

Gov. John  Kitzhaber has named Kendall Clawson, a key aide in his office, as his pick be the new director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "The governor has recommended Kendall to the chair of OLCC," says Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman.  "He thinks her leadership skills and vision are exactly what the agency needs." Clawson, 48, is currently Kitzhaber's executive appointments ...   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Future Drinking: Oct. 17-20

Kells applies to open a brew pub


Food & Drink
Here are the details on this week's new liquor license applications:Downtown Irish-themed bar chain Kells has applied to open Kells Brew Pub in the currently empty building at 210 NW 21st Ave.Also jumping into the brewing game is Old Town Pizza, with an application to turn its existing branch at Vanport Center into a brew pub.Chie Horibuchi, who somehow manages to have only nine hits on Google for ...   More
Friday, October 21, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: March 19-22

This week's new liquor license applications


Food & Drink
 After a two-week drought, today brings lots of new applications to report today:Berni Pilip (great name!) has applied to open a new limited business, The Coop, in the formerly run-down building next to Swans Garden at North Interstate Avenue and Holman Street. As if we didn't have enough bird-themed bars (Swift, the Nest, Blue Bird, Little Bird, etc.), Songbird Cafe is opening in the Mt. ...   More
Friday, March 23, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: March 26-April 5


Food & Drink
Yeah, this week's rundown of OLCC applications is late. I was busy finishing up Drink, WW's guide to Portland's best 105 bars, which comes out Wednesday. Why 105? Because I can't count, that's why. Lots of news this week:Kurt Huffman and Christopher Israel have applied for the license for Corazon, their soon-to-open Mexican restaurant in the the Indigo building.KJ Michael Spinella, who claims to have ...   More
Monday, April 9, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: April 9-12

This week's OLCC applications


Food & Drink
A brief week in alcohol permitting news:Thatch Tiki Bar has been sold to Thatch bartender and renowned tiki enthusiast Blair Reynolds. The rebirth of Mio Gelato as a pizza chain continues. The first Morso, on NW 11th Avenue, has applied for its license.See See Motor Coffee Company, a motorcycle-themed cafe, is adding beer.Shanghai Noble House on Southwest Macadam Avenue is becoming Szechuan Chef ...   More
Thursday, April 12, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE


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