Portland News to Chew

Five-dollar pizza at Cibo, Kevin Ludwig joins Ben Bettinger at Laurelhurst Market, and line-cutting, pay-ahead lattes at Starbucks.

By Benjamin Tepler October 20, 2014

Smoke Signals cocktail at Laurelhurst Market


Division Street’s wood-fired pizzeria, Cibo, has started a weekend lunch service, offering $5 margherita pizzas. 3539 SE Division St.


Kevin Ludwig (the cocktail genius behind Beaker & Flask) is taking the reigns at Laurelhurst Market’s bar. Ludwig reunites with a newly appointed Ben Bettinger (Ludwig’s culinary muscle at Beaker & Flask) at the lauded indie steakhouse. 3155 E Burnside St.

In Portland’s continuing wood-fired growth spurt, a new pizzeria, Fire and Stone, will open early November. Heading up the kitchen is Joey Alvarez (former sous chef at Ken’s Artisan Pizza) and owner/dough-master Jeff Smalley (Grand Central Bakery, Portland French, New Seasons). Details this way…3707 Northeast Fremont St.


Muselet Restaurant & Wine Bar will open early December with an 80-seat dining room featuring seasonal Oregon ingredients, French technique, and global inspiration. The kitchen is helmed by William Harper, former sous chef at the recently shuttered Noisette and a partner behind Ippai, the kaiseki pop up. Muselet is also hosting two Champagne-focused pre-opening dinners on October 24 and 25 at the Jacobsen Salt HQ (602 SE Salmon St) at 7:30pm. 3730 SW Bond Ave.

Raven & Rose’s General Manager Douglas Derrick (former Nostrana bar man) is taking over the restaurant’s wine program, offering three rotating wines on draft, champagne by the glass using a special preservation system, and flights of Gamay Noir. 1331 SW Broadway St.

Union Way's Boxer Ramen is offering half off all ramen to celebrate its first anniversary on November 1, 12 - 9pm. 1025 SW Stark St. 


Le Vieux, an “old world Mediterranean,” restaurant from the folks behind San Fancisco’s celebrated Nettie’s Crab Shack, will open its doors in early November inside the former Noisette space. Menu details this way…1937 NW 23rd Pl.

Wine Country

McMenamins’ Hotel Oregon in McMinnville is launching a new bar, Carter the Great, on Friday, October 24, mixing up classic cocktails with a twist. 310 NE Evans St.


Morgan St. Theater, the dessert/storytelling pop-up, will be celebrating six Jewish holidays with themed ice cream sundaes, stories, drinks, and live music. The first event is Hanukkah, on Thursday December 18, location TBD. Visit or make a reservation at [email protected]

In a neighborly gesture, Whole Foods Market is partnering with Wines of British Columbia to bring eight BC-made vintages to all the Whole Foods in Oregon and Washington.

Soon, Starbucks customers in Portland will be able to order their coffee ahead of time and skip the line, using a new “pay ahead” app for smartphones. Portland is the guinea pig city for the new mobile initiative, which rolls out nation-wide in 2015.  

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