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Portland Losing Four High-Profile Restaurants This Month

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THE SHUTTER—Last week Portland saw the closing of two very well-liked restaurants: Scott Dolich's The Bent Brick and ChefStable's hip-hop pizzeria P.R.E.A.M. The former closed after five years on July 2—the day on which it was supposed to fully implement its tip-free "one house" service policy. Three days later, ChefStable's Kurt Huffman told Eater that after one year in business, P.R.E.A.M. would serve its last pie on July 23, adding that another pizza restaurant will take its place come October. If that weren't enough, Ron Acierto at Muselet announced on Monday that his fine dining spot will serve its last supper on July 16. The closures come one week after Huffman and Rick Gencarelli closed down their Lardo sandwich shop on North Williams Avenue.

EXPANSIONS—On July 2, What's the Scoop?'s Jodie Ostrovsky opened her second small-batch ice cream shop on the South Waterfront at 0644 SW Gaines Street. That announcement came just days after Portland Monthly reported that Chad Draizin's Fifty Licks small-batch ice cream shop would open its second location at 2747 East Burnside Street on August 27.

ALBERTA—Rising star chef Javier Canteras—the man behind the popular Basque Supper Club pop-up and the recipient of a Restaurant Startup research grant—opened the doors to his very first restaurant over the weekend on Alberta Street in the old Natural Selections space. Urdaneta will serve Basque dinners in a relaxed, "homey" environment every night except Monday.