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Hooters Buys Portland Gourmet Burger Franchise; Bone Broth Lands in Portland

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PORTLAND - Portland's own Little Big Burger gourmet burger chain has sold to Chanticleer Holdings, a Charlotte, North-Carolina-based holding company, and the company has potential plans to expand Little Big Burger to Seattle and Boise. Among its holdings, Chanticleer owns three additional gourmet-burger chains, but only one of its restaurants already exists in Portland: Hooters. Around the globe, the company owns 400+ Hooters locations.

SOUTHEAST - The bone broth trend lands in Portland. Owned by Tressa and Kate Yellig, Broth Bar opened August 5 at 115 NE 6th Avenue. The 525-square-foot space was designed by Jared Fuscaldo of Orange and will have seating for five, with its signature bone broths available to-go. The Yelligs have been making their bone broth retail products, which include bison, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and turkey broths, in Portland since 2009.

PORTLAND - Fred Eckhardt is a celebrated man. Hair of the Dog brewery's golden strong ale is named "Fred"; his image appears in the Mad Hatter's Tea Party painting by Lyle Hehn in the McMenamins Hillsdale Pub & Brewery; and the annual FredFest beer festival is thrown in his honor. When it broke last night, the sad news traveled quickly and widely that Fred Eckhardt passed away at age 89.