SE Belmont: The flagship Belmont location of biscuit slinging Pine State Biscuits is closing after five years due to space limitations. A new location will open in the former Jimmy's Tire Building on SE Division, between SE 11th and 12th Avenues after a drastic conversion into ten restaurant and retails spaces. Pine State's Alberta location will remain open while the new space is under construction. 3640 SE Belmont St
SE 28th: Recently-relocated food cart Fuego de Lotus (a refugee of the shuttered D-Street Noshery pod) has closed to allow owner Michael Kennett to open TEOTE, a new brick-and-mortar featuring his signature brand of Venezuelan-inspired street food. According to a Facebook post, the new restaurant (location yet TBA) is eyeing a Spring 2013 opening. Stay tuned for updates. SE 28th & Ankeny
NE Fremont: Din Johnson of Ristretto Roasters is also closing his flagship location in Beaumont on April 30 to open a new, larger cafe at 555 NE Couch St. The new cafe is slated for a June opening. 3520 NE 42nd Ave
SW 3rd: Killer Burger co-owners Mark McCrary and TJ Southard have launched their latest venture, a New Mexican-inspired restaurant dubbed Hatch, on SW 3rd in the former Morning Star Cafe space. Expect dishes like chiliquiles, jerk pork and carnitas tacos, and plenty of fresh salsas. More details. 510 SW Third Ave
SW Bond: The South Waterfront location of Little Big Burger is now officially open, just in time for the small-but-mighty patties to be nominated for the West's best burger in Sunset Magazine's Best of the West Big Dish competition. Portland's got plenty of other bites in the running, so head over and vote. 3720 SW Bond Ave
Awards Season: 2013's James Beard Foundation Award finalists were announced this week, and several Portlanders brought home nominations.
Dundee Hills: A new winemaker has taken over the barrels at Archery Summit. Begining in April, Christopher Mazepink (previously of Lemelson Vineyards, Shea Wine Cellers, and Benton Lane Winery) will step in as the winery's new general manager and winemaker, replacing long-time winemaker Anna Matzinger.
Got a food news tip? Send it my way at email@example.com!