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Portland's Controversial Colonial-Themed Restaurant Changes Name

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Pine Street Market preview party
Pine Street Market preview party
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DOWNTOWN—When word first dropped that Pine Street Market would take over the historic, 10,000-square-foot Baggage and Carriage Building at SW 2nd Avenue and Pine, it seemed too good to be true. After months of delays, you may still think this, but fellow gourmands, things just got real. As you can see from the photos of last Friday's preview party, some restaurants are softly open inside, which means you can visit Pine Street Market today.

NORTH WILLIAMS—Before it even opened, Saffron Colonial caused controversy when many in the Portland community accused it of glorifying colonialism, and now, owner Sally Krantz tells Eater she will change the name of her bakery and restaurant to BORC, which stands for British Overseas Restaurant Corporation. Two protests have been held at the restaurant formerly named Saffron Colonial, and the new name is a play on British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), a former British airline. In an email sent to Eater, Krantz explained why she made the name change.

BOOK CLUBBehold the cover of Naomi Pomeroy's first cookbook, Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking. Serving as one of Portland's most distinguished chefs for years, Pomeroy is the woman behind Beast and Expatriate. She's also a self-made chef, and according to the press release sent out by publisher Ten Speed Press, Taste & Technique shares both recipes and the techniques behind them, beginning with sauces and moving through to salads, vegetables, fish, meat dishes, and desserts.