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Next Level Burger Open on Hawthorne; John Gorham’s Pollo Bravo Comes to Pine Street Market

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Josh Scofield (L), John Gorham (fourth from L), and friends in Spain.
Josh Scofield (L), John Gorham (fourth from L), and friends in Spain.
Renee Gorham

NEXT LEVEL BURGERMatthew and Cierra de Gruyter have brought their fast food-healthy food mashup, Next Level Burger, to Portland. The move comes 15 months after the couple opened their flagship shop in Bend, and the de Gruyters say they hope to expand if Portland embraces them. If it all works out, where do they want to open up shop next? They’re looking at you, Seattle.

AMAZON PRIME NOW DELIVERY—The food delivery game just got upped in Portland in a big way. As of today, Amazon Prime Now subscribers can order their meals from 50-plus Portland restaurants, which will be delivered by Amazon drivers. The rollout comes less than two weeks after Amazon rolled out a similar program in their native Seattle. The goal is to offer the same service in all of Amazon’s 14 Prime now cities.

POLLO BRAVO—Pine Street Market won’t open for a couple of months still, but they just brought in a pretty big ringer: John Gorham (Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons) who’s opening a Spanish tapas joint with his righthand man, Josh Scofield. As its name indicates, the star of the show at the soon-to-open Pollo Bravo will be chicken, which will be prepared using Mexican and Spanish techniques and ingredients.

HUNG FAR LOW—After 87 years in business, Portland’s oldest Chinese restaurant, Hung Far Low, shuttered its place along the "Jade District" stretch of SE 82nd Avenue. The culprit? Leasing issues. Translation: It got priced out of a once very affordable neighborhood. Writer Heather Arndt Anderson’s post says this isn’t the first time the business has had to move because of a rise in rent.