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Century-Old Besaw's Forced to Move; The Sugar Cube Closes

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BESAW'S TO SHUTTER — One of Portland's oldest restaurants has been told to move. Besaw's, a beloved neighborhood joint known for its rib-sticking breakfasts and seasonal comfort food, has been operating in the same location for 112 years. But the landlord and the restaurant's owner are embroiled in a trademark dispute that has resulted in the restaurateur losing its lease. Get all the dirty details here.

SUGAR CUBE CLOSES — Pastry chef Kir Jensen, one of Portland's first chefs to serve restaurant-worthy food from a food cart, went brick-and-mortar with The Sugar Cube Bakery in fall of 2013. But much to the city's dismay she's already decided to move on. She has sold her shop to new owners, and her last day in business is Sunday May 3. But, she says she's planning to be back on the dessert scene with a possible foray into edibles.

— The hottest pop-up in a record-breaking sea of popups in Portland last year was the hip-hop fueled P.R.E.A.M. pizza nights at Ned Ludd. Now the duo behind it have opened their own place with an ambitious menu and soda-fountain-inspired cocktails. And its rough around the edges style looks nothing like anything else.