Two businesses on Northeast Alberta Street believed to be victims of the pandemic have been revived. The cocktail bar, Knock Back, reopened on Tuesday under new ownership from the team at neighboring Donnie Vegas and with the Grilled Cheese Grill running the kitchen.
Now, draft cocktails and other inventive drinks like a Shaoxing wine martini sit alongside a menu of sandwiches and burgers, including the Grill’s signature Cheesus, which consists of a burger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches. . The renovated bar features a kitchen window where customers can grab their food and a mural by artist Mike Bennett. Known for its dining room in a converted school bus, Grilled Cheese Grill initially operated from 2009 to 2020. The restaurant went on hiatus at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and owner Matt Breslow had planned to reopen the year last before definitively closing the last in the spring. The Knock Back closed in 2020 after a GoFundMe campaign to keep the business afloat has failed.
Netflix’s ‘Street Food: USA’ includes Portland episode
In the wake of the latest episodes of Somebody Feed Phil, Guy’s Grocery Gamesand Defeat Bobby FlayPortland’s portrayal in food-centric TV shows continues with a Portland episode of the upcoming Street food: United States. The third volume of the Netflix docuseries, which highlights the stories of street food chefs and previously covered Asia and Latin America, will focus on American cities. Chefs Kiauna “Kee” Nelson of Kee’s Loaded Kitchen and Thuy Pham of Mama Dút appear in a trailer for the show, which is set to hit Netflix on July 26. The episode will also feature Matt’s BBQ and Ruthie’s, the oregonian reports.
Salt & Straw opens new scoop shop in Beaverton
The Portland-based ice cream chain opens its new location in the Jewel Box building in Cedar Hills Crossing today. To celebrate, today’s first 100 customers will receive a free scoop and Beaverton Community Band will perform from 6-8 p.m. tonight. It’s a big week for the company – on Sunday July 17th they launched the ‘world’s first edible, portable culinary scent’. The fragrance was made in partnership with Portland perfumer Imaginary Authors, and comes in three scents. It can be ordered as an ice cream topping in stores and is also available in bottles.