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PDX Pine Street Market Names New Restaurants; Heartlandia Cookbook Hits Shelves

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EATER TRACKING -- Walking around the Pine Street Market construction site, culinary curator Mike Thelin (cofounder of Feast) and Siteworks developer David Davies shared the market's newest tenants and design features. "The last thing done in here before Pine Street Market took over was a twerking contest," said Davies, reflecting on the building's last incarnation as a teenage nightclub. Now the interior has been gutted except for its stanchions, and floorboards are being placed over the 1886 foundation.

BOOK CLUB -- Specializing in southern cooking, The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar has just released its first cookbook, Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland's The Country Cat. And that means owners Adam and Jackie Sappington are finally ready to answer the questions their customers have been asking for years: How do you make your fried chicken? What goes into your pimento cheese? And why exactly is ranch dressing one of the most important ingredients on earth?

SWITCHEROOS -- The White Owl, that sprawling bar with a vegetarian and heavy metal edge in Southeast, officially changed hands on September 1. AJ Fosik, Matthew Relkin, and Jason Radich take over ownership from Michael McKennedy and Matthew Jacobson, owners of the newly expanded Sizzle Pie. The new owners also own The Woods in Brooklyn, New York (which Relkin describes as, "like, the first dance club in Williamsburg") and Mother in Atlanta, and while they're mostly staying true to The White Owl formula, they're bringing new drinks, dishes, and discounts.