Portland News to Chew | March 27

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news, including the closing of Alice's Bagels and the debut of Huckleberry Pub.

By Allison Jones March 27, 2013

A fresh batch of goods from food cart Alice's Bagels, which closed this week on SE Belmont


Bagel bust: Belmont-based food cart Alice's Bagels will close on Saturday, March 30 after seven months in business in the Good Food Here cart pod. In a statement posted on the cart's window and online, owner Alice Newton explains "It turns out that bagels are too costly to hand-make and sell out of a cart. I have not been able to make enough in sales to offset the cost of commissary rent, wages, and equipment repairs, so it is over." The cart (which was once famously home to Rick Gencarelli's Lardo) is now for sale. More details available on the Alice's Bagels Facebook page4262 SE Belmont St


Pizza and a movie: Atomic Pizza debuted a second location next to the historic Hollywood Theater, offer pizzas by the slice and pie along with salads, sandwiches, five beers on tap, and Ruby Jewel ice cream. A grand opening party is schedule for April 6,  4144 NE Sandy Blvd


And now for something completely different: Former Screen Door chef Rick Widmayer is switching gears. Contrary to a statement published earlier this month, Widmayer will be taking on the role of Executive Chef at the new Bistro Marquee (in the space formerly known as Market Restaurant), cooking up French and New American cuisine when it opens on May 17. In regards to his earlier statements about opening a donut shop/bar concept with comfort food roots, Widmayer had this to say: “The vision was there, but we lacked funding and a real location. I also want to shed the association with comfort food that I got from Screen Door. I’m not ruling it out completely…I’d love to consult and do the menu, but we are at least a year out.” 200 SW Market St

Deep-fried demise: In the ongoing saga of Dustin Knox's ever-changing space on Old Town's car-free stretch on SW Ankeny, Uncle Dick's Deep-Fried Hot Dogs is now closed after two months in the former Central windowfront. Eater PDX has the full report220 SW Ankeny St


Hammer and pickle: Steve Cardell's Old Town eatery the People's Sandwich of Portland has closed after three and a half years offering Socialist-themed sammies made with local meats and hand-made fixin's. 53 NW 1st Ave

I'm your huckleberry: Former Eat This! food cart owners James and Courtney Drinkward have debuted the Huckleberry Pub off of NW 23rd in the former NW Public House space. The two-story converted house serves "Northwest Soul Food" for lunch and dinner in a family-friendly dining room downstairs and a full bar upstairs with house cocktails and seven big screens. 2327 NW Kearney St

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