Chad Walsh, Portland Mercury

Chad Walsh

Portland Mercury

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Chad:

Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Texas ‘Cue, Killer Cocktails, and Olde-Tyme Video (and Board) Games

In the zombie story that won’t go away because it weekly comes for your brain, local #MeNeither spox and Ristretto Roasters-adjacent person, Nancy Rommelmann, is in the news again, but I no longer have the energy to keep continue pushing this clumsy boulder up this very stupid hill. However, If your cannibalized brain has the stomach for it, the Merc and the O offer a pair of spot-on dueling… → Read More

Beloved Restaurant Tapalaya Was Burglarized Last Weekend

Last Sunday morning, the opening cook at chef Anh Luu’s Tapalaya, the brunchy dinner New Orleans-Vietnamese restaurant on NW 28th, noticed that something wasn’t right. That person’s intuition was correct, as Tapalaya had been burgled sometime between its Saturday night closure and its Sunday morning opening. Luu says that the thief/thieves didn’t do much property damage, so she was, in fact,… → Read More

Beloved Restaurant Tapalaya Was Burglarized Last Weekend

Last Sunday morning, the opening cook at chef Anh Luu’s Tapalaya, the brunchy dinner New Orleans-Vietnamese restaurant on NW 28th, noticed that something wasn’t right. That person’s intuition was correct, as Tapalaya had been burgled sometime between its Saturday night closure and its Sunday morning opening. Luu says that the thief/thieves didn’t do much property damage, so she was, in fact,… → Read More

Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Ice Cream, Buffets, and Some Very Important Journalism

Hey everybody, your major news organizations did some amazing work this week! Both the Mercury and Willamette Week brought you stories about the too-close-for-comfort relationship between a Portland police officer and the leader of Vancouver’s alt-right Patriot Prayer movement. WW also penned stories on why Portland has not pressed charges against an alleged Patriot Prayer physical assaulter and… → Read More

Ice Cream News: Ruby Jewel is Coming to NW 23rd

Ruby Jewel, the local ice cream maker that cut its first teeth serving ice cream sandwiched between homemade cookies at local farmers markets back in 2007, is opening a scoop shop on NW 23rd sometime just before summer. It’s a development that will now put a Ruby Jewel brick-and-mortar in every Portland quadrant. The ice cream shop, which has locations in Boise, on Hawthorne, and in Downtown’s… → Read More

Grocery Store Pandemonium: Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap

Food news rolled slowly in this week, but the biggest story was the one that wasn’t: the panic and pandemonium of your local grocery market as you, me, and everyone we know lined up to stock our refrigerators with vegetables and proteins as we waited out a severe winter storm that never came. An equally unreported story might be how hard restaurants were hit last weekend when people who’d… → Read More

Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Ristretto’s #MeNeither Problem, and a Very Noisy 7-11

Remember a couple of weeks back when Nancy Rommelmann, freelance journalist and spouse of Ristretto Roasters owner Din Johnson, counseled MeToo survivors to “move on” via a bunch of YouTube videos? Well, on Monday, she commandeered the coffee company’s Twitter account to settle scores with Heart Coffee (for blocking them) and a former employee (for calling her behavior out). As the Mercury… → Read More

Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Shutdowns, New Beer, and Gone Beer

Now that the government is open—for three whole weeks—maybe the fellas behind Shine Distillery & Grill, the first-of-its-kind restaurant-distillery, or restillery (sorry), can finally open up their operation up on N Williams. According to Willamette Week, Shine’s partners had sunk a lot of years and dollars into their idea, only to be delayed because the unstaffed Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau… → Read More

Hamberders: Your Weekly Food and Drink News Wrap-Up

As we recklessly and inevitably swerve into Constitutional Crisis Land, our very smart and not dumb president greeted the NCAA’s Clemson Tigers championship football team this week with a White House feast of pizza and “hamberders” from Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burder King. In the meantime, Portland’s food and drink makers and creators were very busy distracting us all from the worst dumbest… → Read More

It’s Time for Small-Time Restaurant News

There’s lots of big news reported this week (tune in for tomorrow’s food & drink weekly wrap-up), but there’s also plenty of small news to report, too. For instance, Please Louise, the Slabtown pizza parlor, will make any of their normally $17 signature pies for you for only $10 this month and through February. Chef Anh Luu, owner of the SE 28th New Orleans-Vietnamese mashup, Tapalaya, has just… → Read More

Communion Bakehouse Eyes February 1 Opening

Sellwood’s about to get a brand new bakery—Communion Bakehouse—thanks to life and business partners Ryan Ostler and Katherine Zachler, who are setting up shop in the old Satellite Dream Pizza just a block from their home. Zachler comes to the cutting board with some serious kitchen cred, having worked in Bay Area kitchens like Bar Tartine, Firefly, and Boulevard. She also ran the pastry… → Read More

Beloved Vegan Pop-Up, Mis Tacones, Wants to Make It Permanent

Since the summer of 2016, Mis Tacones' Abram Bañuelos and Carlos Reynoso have been rolling out their signature vegan asada, cilantro lime, and al pastor tacos for special events for organizations like T.G.B. Portland, PICA, TBA, Queer Rock Camp PDX, and the vegan grocer Food Fight. Last month, the pop-up’s partners (in business and in life) launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the initial… → Read More

The Slowest News Month Just Got Hot: Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap

Who says December’s a slow news month? This week, the Mercury had lots of news to report. First, the folks behind the Lay Low Tavern are taking over The Vern on SE Belmont. We learned that Teote is opening up a spot in downtown’s Pine Street Market. Hollywood’s Hit the Spot burger cart will serve breakfast come January. And we reported on a pair of closures, too: Hawthorne’s Chapel Hill bar… → Read More

Rae’s Lakeview Lounge Has Closed; Another Beloved Portland Bar Bites the Dust

Rae’s Lakeview Lounge in Slabtown has either shut its own doors or someone else has closed them for them. The restaurant, popular among Slabtown residents, occupied a small corner in a largely residential neighborhood at 1900 NW 27th. It was known for dinner/diner classics like burgers and beef stroganoff and for its weekend brunch where diners could score some pretty damn good biscuits and… → Read More

Hit the Spot Burger Cart Will Start Serving Breakfast in January

A few weeks ago, the Mercury profiled Jeremy Sivers, the owner of the new Hollywood food cart Hit the Spot known for lending a helping hand to people who serve their communities and for putting Sivers’ own personal spin on a properly built classic cheeseburger. Now, we’ve learned that Sivers will launch a breakfast program to go along with his small but mighty burgers, fries, and ice cream menu.… → Read More

SE Hawthorne’s Chapel Hill Bar Abruptly Shutters

If you wandered past Chapel Hill, the nearly seven-month-old bar on the 4300 block of SE Hawthorn on Tuesday night, you might’ve thought, “That’s weird. Why does this place seem closed?” Ditto to anyone who visited the bar’s website on Wednesday, which has been stripped of all information except for a biblical quote and this sentence from owner and managing partner Steven Cook: “Due to… → Read More

Teote is Bringing Arepas (and More) to Pine Street Market

Portlanders who work downtown are getting yet another option for last-minute lunches and end-of-day drinks when the arepa-happy bar, Teote, will open its third outlet in downtown’s Pine Street Market sometime very, very soon. Owner Matthew Latterell confirmed that his team is currently finalizing the build-out, and that Teote’s Pine Street location could open by January 1, if not earlier.... → Read More

Lay Low Tavern Owners Poised to Take Ownership of the Vern

Good news, Old Portland. Those rumors you’ve been hearing (and possibly spreading) are untrue—namely that the building housing the SE Belmont dive, Hanigan’s Tavern, lovingly known as The Vern, will not be reimagined as some redeveloped multi-story condo building. According to Warren Boothby and Marcus Archambeault—the duo behind Gold Dust Meridian, the Lay Low, and the Elvis Room to name just a… → Read More

Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Brunch, Bagels, and a Whole Lotta Booze

Welcome back to the Weekly Wrap. Here’s all the news you may have missed over the Thanksgiving break. Today, the Mercury reported that Hey Love, East Burnside’s balmy new fern bar is now serving lunch and Sunday brunch. Expect to dig into Seinfeld-in-name-only lunch offerings (e.g., a spam Reuben dubbed “The Yada Yada”) and Sunday brunch items like cinnamon rolls served with CBD-infused warm… → Read More

Food News: Hey Love Rolls Out Lunch and Sunday Brunch Menus

This week, the team behind the balmy tropical-themed Hey Love—Aaron Hall, Emily Mistrell, Nicholas Musso, and Sophie Thomson—rolled out a brand new lunch menu, and just in time for the return of the cold, cold months. Hey Love chef Roscoe Robeson has built a midday menu comprising sides, salads, and main dishes (baby back guava-barbecue lamb ribs, fried chicken chow mein, and spoon pizza), as… → Read More