Tuesday Trivia to Take Place at City Rotisserie Bar & Grill

Quick trivia buffs, what in the world does M&M’s actually stand for?!

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Before we reveal the answer to this sweet-treat stumper (and now that we have your attention), we first would like to make an important announcement.

Beginning in May, City Rotisserie Bar & Grill, one of the South Waterfront’s favorite local eateries, will host a new monthly tradition of Tuesday Trivia on the first Tuesday of the month!

 From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at City Rotisserie’s Happy Hour, partake in a pint of $2 Rainier Tall Boys, sip a glass of reasonably priced worldly wine, and/or sample one of their house specialty mini 3 oz cocktails.

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Before you know it, 6 o’clock will roll around and it will be Trivia Time!

The cost to play is $1 (in cash) per person per round. You can choose to play one round or if you truly trust in your trivia talents, you can play ‘em all! The winner and/or the winning team will take the pot at the end of each round.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to socialize with your neighbors, make new friends, and show off your expertise of brain teasers!

And now we shall reveal the much anticipated answer to the M&M’s puzzler…

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Celebrate Earth Day with SWCR at the SOLVE It for Earth Day Cleanup!

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Been meaning to get some satisfying spring cleaning done? Love your Mother Earth? Why not channel all this hygienic and eco-friendly energy into protecting the planet through picking up trash in your local neighborhood?     

Come join us at SWCR to help collect trash from South Waterfront’s riverbanks, parks, and sidewalks for the SOLVE It for Earth Day Spring Cleanup! The event will take place on Saturday April 21 from 10 am – 12 pm at the South Waterfront Community Relations office at 3715 SW River Parkway.

Donating just two hours of your time will make a significant difference, as last year our volunteers were able to remove an impressive total of 1600 pounds of trash from the neighborhood! And to reward you for all of your work, we will have free divinely delicious doughnuts donated by Blue Star Donuts and fresh coffee courtesy of Starbucks Coffee at CLSB.

SOLVE will supply trash bags, safety vests, and latex gloves, so just make sure to bring your hat, gloves, rain gear, or sunscreen as appropriate for the weather. You can register in advance at www.tinyurl.com/2018solvecleanup

We look forward to doing some good for our ‘hood with you! Contact Natasha Tandler at natasha@southwaterfront.com or at 503-972-3289 with any questions.

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Controversial Building Height Proposal Approved in Nearby RiverPlace Neighborhood

 Image credit:  Flickr

Image credit: Flickr

On March 22nd, the Portland City Council approved a proposal to increase the building height limit from 75 feet to 325 feet in the RiverPlace neighborhood.  NBP Capital, the development firm who owns land in the RiverPlace neighborhood, including The Douglas Apartments and the former RiverPlace Athletic Club, asked the council to raise the building height limit.

According to The Oregonian, NBP Capital hopes to develop 2,000 new apartment complexes in the RiverPlace area.  Due to a 2017 city mandate that was created to address the affordable housing crisis in Portland, developers in Portland are required to include rent-restricted housing in new developments constructed in the city. As a consequence, The Portland Tribune reports that approximately 500 of the 2,000 new apartments that NBP Capital plans to construct in the RiverPlace neighborhood “would be affordable to households earning 80 percent of the area's median family income.”

The approval made on March 22nd was a surprise to many who have been following this highly controversial debate, especially after the Portland City Council decided on March 7th to reject a proposal for the construction of the Fremont Apartments, a high-rise apartment complex that was planned to be built in the Pearl District. Many residents in the Pearl District united together through the Pearl Neighborhood Association to protest this proposal, arguing that the high rise apartments would restrict their views of the Fremont Bridge. 

Many residents who live in the RiverPlace neighborhood are similarly not enthusiastic about the newly approved proposal for the increased building height limit at RiverPlace. In fact, The Portland Tribune notes that many residents have recently joined together to create the South Downtown Neighborhood Development Coalition in order to voice their dissent on this issue. The members from this coalition argue that the construction of new high rise apartments would ruin their views of the Willamette River.

SWCR will continue to keep you posted about the latest developments regarding this controversial issue that affects our nearby neighbors at RiverPlace.

Con Leche, a New Coffee Pop-Up, Is Coming to Frank Wine and Flower

  Photo credit:  Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

If you particularly relate to the above statement, then you my caffeine-feen, vino-loving friend are in for quite the treat.

Frank Wine and Flower, located next to Little Big Burger on SW Bond Avenue, announced yesterday that as of Easter Sunday, the wine and flower shop will be taking on a third role as the host of a new coffee pop-up called Con Leche

The owners of Con Leche are Angel and Lucy Medina from Small Time Roasters. According to their website, Small Time Roaster is “the only Mexican-American roaster committed to importing coffee from Mexico year round.” In fact, Angel and Lucy just returned from a trip to Colima, Mexico, where they were able to personally meet the farmers who grow the coffee that they import to use for their roasts.

  Angel and Lucy Medina in Colima, Mexico. Photo credit: Smalltime Roasters' website.

Angel and Lucy Medina in Colima, Mexico. Photo credit: Smalltime Roasters' website.

The couple, residents of RiverPlace for over five years, also owns the adorable new Kiosko coffee stand located at RiverPlace.  Kiosko opened its doors this past July and quickly earned high praise from some of Portland’s harshest coffee critics including Willamette Week and The Oregonian.

  Photo credit: Smalltime Roasters' website

Photo credit: Smalltime Roasters' website

In addition to serving strong and flavorful coffee, Kiosko also offers uniquely infused lattes (past favorites have been sticky rice with a side of mango and maple bacon) and sweet Mexican mochas garnished with cocoa nibs and freeze-dried raspberry powder. The shop also sells three different flavors of ahogados — an espresso drink served with ice cream similar to an Italian affogato — including horchata, chocolate mole, and cajeta (a.k.a. caramel).

  Photo credit: Kiosko Coffee's Facebook

Photo credit: Kiosko Coffee's Facebook

Con Leche will be Kiosko’s second outlet. The pop-up at Frank Wine and Flowers will offer coffee in the mornings while Frank Wine and Flowers will continue to serve their famous worldly wines in the afternoons and evenings.

We at SWCR are very excited to welcome these new neighbors. Spring just got a little bit sweeter for us all in the South Waterfront!

The Growler Guys Turns Three!

It seems like just yesterday that this now beloved watering hole moved into our neighbhorhood. Celebrate The Growler Guys' 3-Year Anniversary in the South Waterfront on Saturday March 24 with a Hawaiian themed party that starts at 11 a.m.!

Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are certainly encouraged. The first 50 people who arrive will receive prizes but the guys promise that the real fun will pick up at 3 p.m. with live entertainment, surprise beers, raffles, and more! 

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For more information, see The Grower Guys' South Waterfront Facebook page.