[UPDATE 4:17pm — the proprietors are Philip Ragaway of BOG/Tiny’s/Shanghai Tunnel, and Tim Smale of Belmont Computers/Red Square Cafe. I’d say they both have strong track records. Oh, and the name Tanker is NOT a drinking reference, per Ragaway’s comment.]
A number of changes are afoot in my neighborhood. First there is the news of Albina Press opening a new branch next to Sapphire Hotel. This is very good news. Then the proprietor of Por Que No? says he’s opening up a new place in the neighborhood (hopefully he’s taking over the old Romo’s La Jara space – Romo’s is relocating to Montavilla).
Now a new bar is opening up at the corner of 49th and Hawthorne. It’s going to be called Tankers (a somewhat lamentable reference to getting wasted, I presume). If their liquor license application is to be believed, they’ll have oven-baked pizza, subs, outdoor seating, and video poker. A couple months ago, I was told by one of the guys working on the construction that it would have a skateboarding theme (but he also said it would be called Halfpipe, or something, so I don’t know if that theme’s been abandoned).
Someone’s redone the façade on this building and it’s looking pretty good. I don’t know if you can tell from this crappy cell phone picture. They’ve painted a retro Dewar’s ad on one of the walls; I initially thought it was a relic they uncovered, but with Dewar’s latest blitz of old-timey ads I’m pretty sure it’s new. It’s actually not as awful as you think a liquor ad would be.
I have an ambivalent attitude towards my neighborhood. The proximity to a number of bars is handy (and there are lots: Bar of the Gods, Angelo’s, Space Room, Sewickly’s, Watertrough) but truthfully, I don’t really love any of these places. A couple of them are outright dumps. And the drunkies that pour into the street at 2:30 am are generally disruptive, although sometimes I get lucky and get to witness an AWESOME street fight. There’s also the Mt. Tabor Theater, which has already undergone multiple facelifts in the short time I’ve lived there. (Hippie venue to punk/metal to what now seems to be a more balanced variety.) I’m still hoping they will transform themselves into the kickass venue they want to be. There’s nothing I’d like better than to check out a great show then cross the street and collapse into bed.
At any rate, I’m excited for the new bar and wish them well. There are lots of other competing bars, but this can only help their business.
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