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Vancouver, WA Restaurant Forces Black Diner to Prepay, Slapped With $100K Racial Discrimination Suit

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VANCOUVER — This case began nearly a year ago on December 14, 2014, but now the $100K lawsuit is official. Brian Eason, an African-American deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, went into a Vancouver Elmer's Restaurant and was asked to prepay for his meal. Later, when he ordered a drink, he was asked to prepay again. According to the Oregonian, Eason then asked his waitress whether this was standard practice. The waitress explained that, due to recent parties walking out on their bills, her boss had asked her to request prepayment.

WEST END — Grüner, the restaurant serving Alpine cuisine by none other than Chris Israel, just announced that it will close its doors for good this New Year's Eve. If your jaw's already on the floor, pick it back up for this next bit of news: The owners of the ridiculously popular Ox, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton are taking over the space with something they call SuperBite. The Denton's aren't releasing details just yet, but we've reached out and will provide details as soon as they roll in.

WEST END — After the news of Bamboo Sushi's forthcoming West End location broke, owner Kristofor Lofgren stayed tight-lipped on specifics, but now the sustainable-sushi restaurant is ready to talk. Located at SW 12th and Stark, the fourth Bamboo Sushi will open December 17 for dinner, and on January 4, it will add lunch, becoming the first Bamboo location to offer noontime hours. Importantly, the menu will mark another first, blending both sushi and izakaya, aka Japanese small plates.