VOODOO DOUGNUT — Portland's iconic doughnut shop is planning a major expansion to Asia, opening between 12 and 20 stores in Japan and Taiwan over the three years. The first two flagship locations in Tokyo and Taipei will open around June 2015. The company also announced plans to open a fifth U.S. location by June 2015, though the location is still under wraps. Currently it operates two locations in Portland, as well as an outpost in Eugene and one in Denver.
NORTHWEST — Come January 2015, Patrick McKee, executive chef of Paley's Place, will be moving on after 10 years in the upscale Portland restaurant. He's planning to helm another Portland kitchen, but so far he's not divulging details. Owner Vitaly Paley, meanwhile, is hinting that the departure will open the door for a menu reboot, perhaps one inspired by the popularity of his DaNet Russian dinner popups.
OLD TOWN — Peter Cho and Johnny Leach, proteges of April Bloomfield and David Chang, respectively, both have plans to open their own restaurant in Portland. But in the interim, they're teaming up on a series of mini hot dog pop-ups called "Stray Dogs" at the Chefstable bar Big Trouble, plus a tickets-required NYE party at Expatriate. The 4-inch-long dogs will come in options like Mexican chorizo with escabeche; and a "chile con corn dog." Also on the menu: top-shelf whiskey, low-brow beer, and a selection of inventive ice creams from Little Bird pastry chef Helen Jo, who is also a Momofuku alum.