Star Breakfast Taco Cart La Osita opens a restaurant in Montavilla

For years, a small cart in east Portland – La Osita – has cooked up some of the best breakfast tacos in town: tortillas filled with thick slices of bacon, eggs, pico de gallo and pickled onions, served with green smoothies and lattes con canela. Soon these tacos will be available closer to downtown: La Osita is preparing to open a new location in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland, the oregonian reports.

In the new restaurant, La Osita will expand its menu to include dishes like chilaquiles and conchas, as well as a wider selection of drinks. La Osita will take over the Taylor Court Grocery space, which closed at the start of the pandemic, in September; it is located at 1135 SE 80th Avenue.

Char Pizza will close on Saturday

The Foster-Powell Char pizzeria will close its doors this week, after four years of fun cocktails and pineapple-topped pizzas. Owners Tyler Kennedy and Tim Alves opened the pizzeria in 2018, naming all of their pizzas after their cats and developing an impressive and inexpensive cocktail menu. The space housed pinball and arcade games, making it a neighborhood hangout for happy hour. However, in an Instagram post, Char’s team announced the restaurant’s impending closure. “We are finalizing the sale of our business,” the announcement reads. “The amazing people taking over will be putting together a whole new menu, so this will be your last chance to get CHAR pizzas and drinks.” The restaurant closes after service on Saturday.

Pono Brewing will open a new brewery in northeast Portland

Pono Brewing takes over the space that once housed Columbia River Brewing. Pono Brew Labs will take advantage of the space’s seven-barrel system, focusing on experimental beers associated with Hawaiian, Filipino and Pacific Islander cuisine. Currently, the brewery uses the Zoiglhaus space to do most of its brewing, which will not change; the new location will specialize in small production beers made with new strains of hops and fruit, with a larger program of mixed fermentation and barrel aging as well. The brewery will open at 1728 NE 40th Avenue.