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Beloved Produce Row Lives Again; P.R.E.A.M. to Open April 24

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CENTRAL EASTSIDE — The Produce Row cafe, a beloved icon for decades, is making a comeback in May after a seven-month closure. Alan Davis just sold Produce Row to Josh Johnston and James Hall, two restaurateurs with a proven track record for revitalizing and preserving Portland institutions, and who own three other popular watering holes. Johnston says he's committed to bringing the best of Produce Row back. "I'm really excited to carry the torch. I want to bring it back and knock it out of the park," he says.

SOUTHEAST Chef Nicholas Ford and bartender Brandon Gomez, the duo behind the insanely popular hip-hop-blaring P.R.E.A.M. pizza popups, have announced the opening date for their new restaurant: April 24. In addition to pizza expect apps like arancini with pork sugo, salads like grilled romaine with smoked mayo and chicken skin, and a series of grilled polenta dishes topped with seasonal accompaniments. As for the drinks, Gomez is working on soda fountain cocktails that he'll serve in vintage soda bottles.

BEER NEWS — The Craft Brewers Conference is descending on Portland April 14-17, and bringing with it a flood of very special beer events. The conference is one of the premiere in the nation, and its spinoff events give people a chance to rub elbows with brewers and sample special beers from all over the country and all over the world.

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