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Anti-Gay Bakery Refuses to Pay $135K Fine; The Hottest Restaurants in Portland

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GRESHAM Since 2013, when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and had to close their Gresham bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein won't stop making headlines. In July 2015, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000. Now the Kleins have defied the court order, saying that it will ruin them financially in spite of the fact that they have raised over $500,000 through crowdfunding.

PORTLAND — Because we all know what it's like to have culinary ADD, a very special but by no means rare predicament of needing to know what's new, hot, and delicious right now, we present the newly updated Eater Heatmap.

HOLLYWOOD — Reo's Ribs, a barbecue restaurant owned by Myra Girod and Reo Varnado—aka the uncle of Snoop Dogg—has moved to yet another home. Varnado first opened Reo's Ribs off of Tualatin Valley Highway in 1999. He then moved to SW Macadam, only to have to face a lawsuit for having too much smoke and moving out in 2012. He then set up shop on SE Powell and closed that spot in January 2015. Now, Reo's Ribs returns, this time at 4211 NE Sandy in the former Hollywood Burger Bar.