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Portland's First Cat Cafe Opening; Kurt Huffman Opening 99-Tap Beer Hall

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NORTHEAST — Portland's first cat cafe is opening January 24 and is already taking reservations. Purrington's Cat Lounge will offer pastries from Fleur de Lis, coffee from Extracto, plus beer, wine and snacks. Through a large window in the cafe, cat lovers can watch the adoptable kitties gambol about in the lounge next door. Or pony up the $8 per hour cover charge and take your food and drinks in with you.

EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL — Kurt Huffman of ChefStable wants to have the world's largest selection of Oregon beers on tap. And he plans to achieve that goal by April, turning the former Portland Police Athletic Association building into The Loyal Legion. The 120-seat beer hall's 99 taps will pour Oregon-only beer. Olympic Provisions will provide the requisite sausages, including custom flavors and a vegan option.

NORTHEAST — The sleepy Beaumont neighborhood is getting hipster-hot. Chef Adam Kaplan and the owners of Aalto Lounge are opening Bang Bang, a Thai-inspired izakaya of sorts that will be open late (until midnight on weekdays; 2 a.m. on weekends) serving up bowls of made-from-scratch Thai curries and an assortment of Southeast Asian-inflected drinking snacks.

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