Salem Dining Scene Changes -- 2011

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1/26/12 MRose said...
Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar will open at old Party Depot site on 3892 Center NE in Salem Ore. by June, company says

1/05/12 Anonymous asked & KandN answered...

  • "Is rockin rogers moving into the Eola Inn space on hwy 22 in west salem?"  Yes, as mentioned below on 12/20/11, they have opened another location in the old Eola Inn building. ~KandN

Anonymous also asked:

  • "Anybody try the taco truck downtown on the corner of Ferry and Commercial street?"

1/04/12 KandN shared...
Just learned that San Diego Taco Co. in Salem is still open. Two other stores (Canby & Hillsboro) are now closed.

12/28/11 Roxie shared ...
Cherry City Café is going out of business. I answered an ad on CL for Cafe out of business - $1 (ne salem). ... So sad.

12/22/11 Anonymous shared...
Groupon.com just sent out a message that San Diego Taco Company is out of business. That is too bad as I have had some nice meals there. The Frontier Country restaurant is for sale in Gates. The sale price includes a new three bedroom house. http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2764810839.html

12/20/11 KandN shared...

  • Monarca, a Mexican cafe, is now open at 2420 13th Street SE where Jack Rabbit Cafe & Coffee Shots used to be.
  • Rockin' Rogers new location in the old Eola Inn building (4250 Salem Dallas Highway NW) is now open.
  • Pure Decadent Pastries, will open soon inside the new Mail Depot on 4742 Liberty Road S


12/19/11 Chuck Bradley said...
Super Pho Downtown is closed, locked up and empty.

12/12/11 Guitar4me said ...
Chuck wait! Don't spread falsities :) This Pizza Hut razing was of particular interest to me as I live directly across the street. Smelly old Pizza Hut has been our main view from our big 20-foot windows ever since we moved in. When I came home last Thursday and saw the restaurant flattened, I cheered. Too soon. They're building a new Pizza Hut right back up. We are in for some noisy construction months ahead, and Salem is not losing a Pizza Hut location. -guitar4me

12/11/11 Chuck Bradley said...
The Pizza Hut on S. Commercial is gone. I mean building and all. Nothing left but a concrete slab and burning memories of appalling service and mediocre food. Let this be a testimony to how well absentee ownership (an educated guess here) works in the food service industry. I'll not shed a tear for this one's demise.

12/07/11 Anonymous added..
Chuck Bradley wrote "2. I heard, from a questionable source, that White's has sold to the owners of the Ritz Diner. Does anyone know if either of both of these is/are true?" If this happened it would be a little ironic. Don who owns White's & Don's Restaurant on 12th Street, owned The Ritz at one point, and sold it after he got White's going again. White's has been for sale for the past two years, with the asking price dropping by $200,000 during that time. This website still has the business for sale: http://www.restaurants-for-sale.com/newsite/rro/listingview.asp?id=17014 $975,000 asking price + $6,000 a month for rent.

12/07/11 Roxie said...
Yep and their FB info says; General Manager Demitri Georgedes Culinary Team Eric, Amy, Ivo and Demitri

12/07/11 Demitri said...
This was posted on their facebook page early this am- so it sounds like new owners. Church St. Pizza It's on at the break of dawn at church st today, we are already hard at work on today's Chefs Special. How does Asian Pears, Blue Cheese and Spinach over our Garlic Infused Olive Oil base sound? Sounds pretty amazing to me. So drop in, say hello to Breeann and Eric and have a slice of the new hotness.

12/06/11 Roxie said..
Church St was for sale on Craiglist a while back. When I questioned Ian (the owner) he conformed that it was indeed for sale.

12/06/11 Chuck Bradley said...
These are both unsubstantiated rumors. Perhaps someone could shed some light as to their veracity.
1. References in reviews, on other sites, suggest that Church Street Pizza is under new ownership/management. (Chuck, N & I visited Church St. a few weeks ago. Ian was there, as was an employee who referred to him several times as boss.~KandN)
2. I heard, from a questionable source, that White's has sold to the owners of the Ritz Diner. Does anyone know if either of both of these is/are true?

12/02/11 Super Pho's downtown location is closing due to family reasons.

12/02/11 Chuck Bradley said...
Stayton’s The Lovin' Oven, purveyors of premium baked goods (Purportedly the real source of most of Konditorei’s offerings) will no longer have lunches available and will be curtailing their hours as of December 9th, 2011, in their 3rd ST location. The proprietors will be opening a discount grocery store in Stayton Plaza named "Economy Grocery" in which they will offer a selection of their Desserts six days a week.

11/28/11 Chuck Bradley said...
Gilgamesh Brewing now has a tap room in the Reed Opera House. Their hours are not posted (it was closed about 3 PM today) and it looks as if their food may be provided by Venti's. At least they have Venti's signs on the wall and there does not appear to be a Kitchen facility. (Chuck, I noticed they do post their hours on their Facebook page. ~KandN)

11/26/11 via @kidcapitale..
Happy Curry Foods opening at 295 Church St. (corner of Church and Trade). pic.twitter.com/lsPQyiUB

11/26/11 Anonymous said ...
  • I don't think that Spoons serves dinner anymore. When I drive by at night, the lights look out to me. (You're right. They quit awhile back. ~KandN)
  • I chatted with someone from Rock N' Rogers and they expect to open at the old Eola Inn location in early December. The pool table is gone & they will have video poker. 
  • The old Jack Rabbit Espresso does having some work going on. I see a sign up for Monarca
11/15/11 Chuck Bradley said...
  • Spoke with the owner of Al-Aqsa today. He says the State ST location should be open in about two weeks.   
  • There's no apparent activity at the old Jack Rabbit Espresso location on 13rh ST SE, where a Mexican place is rumored to be coming soon. 
  •  Lots of contractor vehicles and activity at the old Eola Inn where Rockin’ Rogers is anticipated. 

11/10/11 Chuck Bradley said ...
The new NE Daynight Donuts location at 2234 Fairgrounds RD opened yesterday. I stopped by today and venue is new from the studs out. It's a beautiful and spacious store with the best Donuts in Salem as well as a big Yogurt and topping selection, gourmet Coffee and Biscuits and Gravy

11/09/11 G said... Marco Polo is opening a tea & gift shop downstairs from their restaurant at Pringle Plaza

11/08/11 H said ...  DaVinci's isn't open for lunch anymore

11/08/11 Chuck Bradley said...
  • Bizznaga 303 Grill! A new eatery at the hapless 114 S. Main ST in Independence. American fare menu. Light and bright. Same owners as Lenora's Ghost just up the block. Maybe the third time will prove to be the charm in this location!
  • Rockin' Roger's coming soon!" reads the marquee at the old Eola Inn on HWY 22 in West Salem.
11/08/11 anonymous said...
Understand that the owners of the North Salem, Love Love are taking over Young's Teriyaki in downtown Salem. Should be open before December.

11/08/11 Chuck Bradley said...
I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that Young's Teriyaki Closed. Does anybody have the scoop?

11/04/11 Broken Bread sets opening date-- Saturday, November 19, 5PM

11/02/11 Chuck Bradley said...
  • Brick Brothers, on Browning SE, now offers an in-house-baked option for its Pizza (was bake-at-home only) and it also delivers, if you so desire.
  • Also, The Break Billiards and Brew (formerly Sharky's) on Commercial SE, is under new management/ownership and will open tomorrow with a new menu including Brick Brothers Pizza.
11/02/11 Queen of Tarts at Salem Library has closed

11/02/11 El Maguey has closed

11/02/11 Paneza Nellie's Pizza Shoppe in Sublimity is open and under new ownership

11/02/11 Anonymous said...
  • All American Frozen Yogurt in the Salem Center Food Court is out of business, as of Friday night. If you have an Entertainment Book with the coupon for the free small bowl of yogurt, it is too late to use in Salem.

(Below you'll find some of Salem's dining scene changes from the past couple of years. 
As an experiment, I'm going to begin posting your updates from comments on the page above.)

Notable Changes:  Prudence Uncorked has closed, Gamberetti's and Spoons NW Bistro have both added happy hour, Caruso's stopped serving lunch, Jonathan's extended small bites menu from 3PM to close, DaVinci's open for lunch Mon-Fri., The Old Spaghetti Warehouse will close at the end of Feb and open April 1 in Alessandro's location, Nipa Hut is now a Mexican restaurant

Changed ownership: Jack Rabbit Cafe is now Coffee Shots, Chad's Cafe is now Don's Cafe, Caffe 680, Governor's Cup, Thai Fusion is now Thai E-San, Jack's Bar & Grill is now Your Place (River Rd N), Hainan Orchid is now Full House,

Closings:  Old Europe Inn, El Turbo, Eola Inn, Two Doors Down, Soba (S Salem), Cafe D'Amour, Dolliaz Cafe, Rigoberto's (W Salem), Soup Cellar (N Salem), Chula Vista ( Liberty SE), Alessandro's, Big Foot, Coffee House Cafe (closes end of March 2011), Tuff Ranch BBQ, Coffee Shots closed

Openings:  Momiji Japanese Crepes & Sushi  (4590 Silverton Road NE), La Perlita (Chemekata), Limeberry (S Salem), Broadway Coffeehouse, Nagani (Keizer), Java Crew (12th & Fairview), Tup Tim Thai Cuisine (S Salem),  The Crooked House Bistro (W Salem) Green Apple Frozen Yogurt (Keizer), Hut Dogs (W Salem),  Mekong Asian Take-Out (Keizer), Cherry City Cafe (Broadway), Sushi Ya Sushi coming soon to Salem Center, Orupa, Robert's Crossing (Illahe), Super Pho (downtown in old Soba mid Dec.), Kay's Bar & Grille (Old Europe Inn), Halftime Bar & Grill, Sushi To Go (S Salem), Royal Thai (Independence), Brooks Bros Pizza (S on Browning),  Lil's Cupcake Cafe on High St. (503 566-6655), Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant (STate St. where 2 Doors Down used to be), La Roco's and The Ghost (Independence), McNary Restaurant & Lounge

Soon to be opening: Hawaiian Time (W Salem),  5 Guys Burgers (S Salem).


 What did I miss?

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Anonymous said...

Anyone know what is going in by Roth's? I keep meaning to ask when I go in the store but always forget...........

Salem Man said...

Rumors range from Taco Bell, Quizno's and I even heard Subway on that Roth's location. I wouldn't really care for any of those.

Anonymous said...

when did the european store and bakery on commercial open?

KandN said...

Privet European Grocery opened over a year ago, according to Amy's post

Anonymous said...

Where/what are The Islander and Alcyone?

KandN said...

I spotted a posted liquor license notice on the front door of the old Marco Polo location on Liberty SE, with the name "The Islander".

Alcyone will be a cafe and catering business in the Pringle Plaza. On the west side of Prudence Uncorked.

Will said...

If Bishop's Downtown Grocery Store is the one next to the Coffee House Cafe, it won't be opening - at least not with the original owner. The owner has taken off. Rumors go so far to even say he's in the Netherlands now.

Anonymous said...

Taken from Roxxy closes Jonathans opens in the comments section on eat salem site;

Ultra Six Lounge

Six Ultra Lounge, 248 Liberty Street NE, Salem; will surrender the liquor license either on Dec. 21,
2009 or on the date the business is sold, whichever comes first.

After reading further I didn't know the owner of the Six, Spencer Emmons was killed in a car accident in Florida on December 11, 2009!

Salem Man said...


I found this link on Spencer Emmons

jeff said...

There will be a new BBQ restaurant in Stayton (Stayton BBQ, I believe) sometime soon. Based on the readerboard it was originally supposed to be open in early December, now it just says "Coming Soon" - looking through the windows I see uncovered framing between the entrance and the kitchen. Location is the corner of 1st and Locust, previously home to Homestyle (Hometown?) Diner and Maui Grill. We'll see...

videomash said...

JunknJay posted the new liquor license on Six Ultra Lounge 12/22. Roxxy's soft opening (3rd time this year) was Wednesday - try the calzone. Kitchen coming to FlipSide this spring.

lavachickie said...

What's the story with Roxxy? Is it the same owners, new owners, what?

KandN said...

Just heard about this on Facebook about the new restaurant that took over Prime's space at McNary Golf Club , "Yes, there is a new restaurant called Tuff Ranch. They are open 10am-10pm on a limited menu (a full menu coming soon now that they have their olcc permit). I've eaten there 6x in the last week (I work in the building) and their food is delicious!"

Anonymous said...

Soy BBQ has taken over the vacated Tater's location on Chemekata.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Five Guys? Where's that opening up? It's an east coast fast food restaurant with a limited menu and home made fries. Really tasty burgers and fries. Bad news for Willamette Burger Co. and the burger joint on on Mission. Despite the high quality of Five Guys, it's considered one of the unhealthiest fast food places. Free peanuts.

KandN said...

Anonymous, They're opening up near Ross Dress for Less on Lancaster.

Rebekah said...

I just heard that someone else got the lease on the Bishop's spot and I saw some people in there the other day. Hopefully something will come from it.

KandN said...

I hope it works out. I had heard that someone was looking into it, but they decided the overhead would be too high. Rent downtown must be expensive.

Anonymous said...

Clearly no one cares, but Mixteca closed as well- my favorite Mexican in town

Anonymous said...

I went to Mixteca's old location, now called El Turbo (or something like that) and it was virtually the same menu as Mixteca down to the daily specials. It was a rainy day during lunch and we all got a chicken broth soup instead of chips and salsa, but other than that it seemed like it was Mixteca. Well, except the burrito wasn't massive like they used to be.

Anonymous said...

If they still ship all the peppers for their sauces from Oaxaca then I'll give it a chance

Anonymous said...

Roxxy's has closed again, was only re-open about a month. How lame! I don't understand why people can't figure out what to do in that spot. I live in the neighborhood and tried it once under each owner. Here's an idea: stop serving mediocre food and booking crappy white blues rock and maybe people will show up... A great microbrew with quality food would be perfect there. Word of Mouth proves: people will turn up if you have good food, local ingredients, reasonable prices and friendly service.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous. A micro brewery with good food (borrow from Word of Mouth's or Venti's models) could do well there. Since WIllamette is there, they could cater to students as well as townies and state employees.

The old Blue Pepper is another space that has potential. What's up with the Churches popping up in downtown????

Anonymous said...

I had the Valentines Day special at Tuff Ranch BBQ. Fantastic. Their BBQ sauce was excellent and their homemade german-style potato salad put my girlfriend in a decadant coma of satisfaction. (not easily accomplished with potato salad) Big Thumbs Up!

DeeDeeDiner said...

Thanks for cleaning out some of the old "deadwood" on your list of reviews.

Perhaps the ones you mentioned above could be removed soon...Caffe 680, Caffe Milan & Coffee Paradigm

Others who could be taken off the "other reviews" list and/or combined are:
1. Combine Grand Vines & Grand Vines Deli
2. Remove Lefty's
3. Remove Maverick's
4. Remove MiNa's
5. Remove Prime Steak & Seafood
6. Combine Soba & Soba Asian Bistro
7. (Thai Orchid is misspelled)
8. Combine The Wild Pear & Wild Pear
9. Remove The Arbor Cafe
10 Combine Sassy Onion and The Sassy onion

Over 'n Out
3-D

Salem Man said...

Alright, I'll get to cleaning up some of this stuff but I'm not removing closed restaurants from the list. I think it's interesting to read about the businesses that have gone under or left. Lefty's for instance, is something that my family still talks about all the time. I'll come up with a way to make it more clear that they are closed. 3D, send me an email, eatsalem@gmail.com.

Salem Man said...

Done. Is there anything else I can do for you?

Rossella said...

Does anyone know what the new business that has opened in the Blue Pepper location is called? Thanks.

KandN said...

Rossella, It's called Clockworks Cafe.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone reviewed or been to California Monster Sushi yet? I didn't hear a thing about it anywhere until just the other day. They need to get the word out. The window (across from the Statesman on Chemekta) advertises $1 sushi.

Stephanie Matlock Allen said...

So far, I am incredibly impressed with Clockworks Cafe & Community Center. Good drinks, small food menu with quality ingredients, very comfortable & inviting ambiance. Huge improvement over The Blue Pepper! Plus, it's run by a non-profit, Culture Shock Community Project.

Anonymous said...

Anyone tried the new place called Habanero over on Center Street? I noticed it the other day tucked between the US Market and that bridal shop on the corner of Center and Hawthorne. I think it's a restaurant, anyway. And if it is, it sounds awesome -- I love me some spicy food!

I also recently experienced the new restaurant called Girabaldi's -- in the old La Primavera building in West Salem. I don't know if the two have any relation except that they are/were both Mexican food. I wrote a review of my experience at Urban Spoon, I'll spare the re-post here.

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon, Are you by any chance guitar4me? If you are, I think a re-post here would be welcomed by most. Your reviews are always insightful, informative and well written. The more exposure, the better.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, you're right, it's me -- and thanks for the kind words. I'll re-post it over on the new thread that just opened up for Girabaldi's.

KandN said...

guitar4me, Would you consider joining the eatsalem.com contributors?

Anonymous said...

If that's what everyone thinks is best, sure. I've been reading and commenting my thoughts here for a few years actually -- I just don't have a listed type of account so I always have to be "Anon".

If it means I get to post photos, though, I'm all about it!

-"guitar4me"

KandN said...

guitar4me, Email salemrestaurantreview@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

There’s a new frozen yogurt bar on Lancaster called Sweet Papaya. It’s owned by Sam Koizumi (Kyoto’s).They have 8 machines w/16 flavors in all. There are at least 2 no sugar added flavors daily. Toppings include lots of fresh fruit choices along w/ the usual suspects like nuts, candy pieces and cookie crumbles. I understand they also have a Belgian waffle that can be added to the yogurt cup. Prices average about $4-$4.50 per trip per person. It’s all self serve. Basically you take a cup upon entering, add your yogurt flavors, then any toppings you like from the toppings bar. Then they weigh the cup and charge you by weight. Be careful it’s easy to fill that baby up, but you’ll never finish it if you do. Self serve can cause over indulgence (as in your eyes can be bigger than your stomach!). My son and I loved it and will be back again.
1134 Lancaster Drive NE (They share the same building and entrance as Starbucks near Toys R Us)
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
(503) 990-8204.

Anonymous said...

Taco Time on South Commercial is closed. Its neighbor The Grind Coffee Shop has signs in their windows that they are closing on July 31, and that a Hawaiian restaurant is taking over the space.

Also in downtown Salem near the old Jonathan's, the convenience store has a sign in their window advertising "Chelsea's Place" serving sandwiches. I do not think this has any connection to the former Chelsea's restaurants that were in Salem for many years.

Lastly, the old Chad's Restaurant on 12th Street is now Don's Cafe as noted above, but who is "Don"? Is it Don Uselman from White's Restaurant on South Commercial?

tracylee said...

Oh, no! I'm sad that Taco Time closed, that was my favorite guilty treat!

And to the previous anonymous, I remember when Kyoto's was down South here and Sam Koizumi got upset with me for bringing in my own Korean chopsticks and speaking Spanish with the cook.

Anonymous said...

That self-serve frozen yogurt sounds awesome!

Chuck Bradley said...

I stopped by the Soba Asian Bistro's S. Commercial location a couple of weeks ago and there was a sign in the window that said "temporarily closed".

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried Maynard's Bakery yet?

Sam I Am said...

I love Sweet Papaya, the new yogurt place. Yum! So great on hot summer days!

As for Maynard's.... I walked in once, took a look around, was dismayed by what I saw, and promptly left. A coworker was braver than I and actually ate there. Her review: "I think they heated up a Lean Cuisine and put it on a paper plate!!" Not impressed!

Anonymous said...

A Sweet Papaya downtown would be great!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what's happening at the old Wild Pear location on River Road? I've seen some activity over the last couple of weeks, but it's unclear what the folks are up to and there's no "coming soon" type of sign...

Anonymous said...

Yes up Tim Thai Cuisine (S Salem) is open, but Soba in the same location is now closed. I think the Soba on State Street is still open.

Anonymous said...

Bakery D'Amour is now closed for good.

Chuck Bradley said...

Re: Bakery D'Amour

Slow service, poor service, inconsistent quality, order errors and marginal value are each things that can kill a restaurant if left unaddressed. Together they are a death knell. RIP!

Anonymous said...

The bakery rocked, the restaurant NOT SO MUCH. I will miss the little eclairs and lemon tarts. Now what will I do for a bakery?
I also loved their wait staff.
R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

I will really miss the cinnamon rolls and coffee after my morning meetings!

Anonymous said...

I hear the Old Jonathan's location is going to be the "Star of India" and that Allesandro's is being taken over by Venti's? Any truth to this?

KandN said...

Anonymous, I haven't heard about the Old Jonathan's, but I did hear that Venti's did consider (and rule out) the Alessandro's location. Today I noticed a "for lease" sign on the Antique shop across from Cascade Baking Co. on State. Seems like a promising location for someone.

jeff said...

Rocking back a few comments to July - is there actually a Hawaiian place in S. Salem on Commercial now?

KandN said...

Jeff, I'm not sure which comment you're referring to. There is a Wild Pineapple BBQ place on the south end, but it's just off of 12th.

tracylee said...

Ack! The Alessandro's comment scared me! Our Soroptimist club meets there 3 times a month and finding a new meeting place that most can agree on is always a nightmare.

DeeDeeDiner said...

Regarding the "cocktails" at Spoons mentioned under Notable Changes above. I called to clarify---there has been no change---they still only have beer and wine.
DDD

KandN said...

Thanks for the correction triple D! I was sure I had heard directly from Spoons, but now I can't find that (imagined?) email.

DeeDeeDiner said...

KandN, Perhaps it had to do with the fact that they've started a Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday. The fellow who answered the phone indicated it was from 3:30-5pm which differs from an earlier notice that said it was from 4-6. (Oh well :-)
DDD

KandN said...

Triple D, Would you be interested in being a contributor? If so, send an email to salemrestaurantreview@gmail.com
We'd love to have you.

KandN said...

I received this email tonight:

"we definitely have happy hour. i am so confused as to why someone may have told them otherwise. we have little table topper menus that have been on the table for over a month now. please send my sincere apologies to the person that phoned in.
we do not have a full liquor licence we have a nice wine list, some bottled beers and gilgamesh on tap (mamba and hopscotch). happy hour was 4p to 6p, but we changed it this week to run from 3p-5p and we are offering special prices on our beers and wine of the week during that time."

Anonymous said...

RE: jeff said...

Rocking back a few comments to July - is there actually a Hawaiian place in S. Salem on Commercial now?

------------------------------------------------

Taco Time on South Commercial is now closed. Remodeling has been taking place for a few weeks now, but no official Hawaiian place has opened in either the old Taco Time or the for The Grind coffee shop.

It looks like whatever is opening is taking up the entire building.

Anonymous said...

The former gas station between Shell and Dutch Bros. on Wallace Road in West Salem is going to be a Hawaiian Time (authentic plate lunch). Locations in Eugene, Portland and Oregon City.

Anonymous said...

Anyone tried the drive-through hot dog kiosk called Hut Dogs in the Chevron parking lot on Wallace and Glen Creek road in West Salem (formerly Some Like It Hot coffee kiosk)?

Chuck Bradley said...

I stopped by and spoke with the owner of Orupa today. Looks like we have a couple more weeks to wait for its opening.

Anonymous said...

Did he say why?

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon, The location is still a work in progress.

tracylee said...

re: Orupa... I saw them working on the outside sign on Tuesday or Wednesday when I drove downtown.

Chuck Bradley said...

Rigobertos on Wallace RD NW appears to be closed.

Chuck Bradley said...

At last we have a Trailer/Truck Food Pod in Salem! Located at 3905 Silverton RD NE are:

TNT BarBQ
El Corral
and
Taqueria El Primo

And right across the street are:

El Pollo Feliz/Mariscos Playa Azul
and
Salvador's Bakery

Yahoo!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I heard robert's crossing opened last night? Does anyone know of a menu or a website?

Anonymous said...

caffe' 680 on hawthorne street se is open under
new management...give it a try for breakfast or
lunch. reasonable prices and good food.

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon (11/17/10 8:09 AM), Where is Robert's Crossing? Let's check it out!

KandN said...

Chuck, Robert's Crossing in on River Rd South, close to Illahee in the old Robert's Store.
N and I drove by tonight. The place was all lit up at 9PM, several cars in the parking lot, a no minors sign on the downstairs, back door with people smoking outside. The front has a long length of butcher paper over the window, but we couldn't see anyone in that part of the building. I couldn't find them online or on DEX.
Anon, good news about Cafe 680. Breakfast is a smart move with the motels in that area.

DeeDeeDiner said...

Prudence Uncorked has fired Chef Mujib Simms, and according to their their Facebook page,the new chef is "Jes Moreno" (Jesse? Jessica?). Anyone know anything about the new person?
3-D

tracylee said...

Mom and Dad stopped in at Papa DiVino the other day and found that it is under new ownership. I haven't received an e-mail since the last one saying that they were staying open.

Anonymous said...

Capital Dog is no more. The new owners look to be opening up a Dessert shop. Called "Lil's Cupcake Cafe" or something along those lines. Just a heads up!

KandN said...

Triple D, I understand we'll being hearing news soon. :)
Tracylee, It's good someone was able to take over.
Anon, Thanks for the heads up!

DeeDeeDiner said...

Roberts Crossing info posted 11/30/2010 3:36 PM PST on Statesmanjournal.com Roberts Crossing restaurant opened recently on 3635 River Road S. The restaurant, opened by Jim and Chris Glodt, has a dining room, bistro area and lounge called The Locker.The winter menu offers comfort food, according to spokeswoman Maralene Oullette. The menu will change with the seasons and offer locally available offerings. The restaurant is in the 1915 Roberts General Store Building. The spot formerly was the home of the Wild Pear. Roberts Crossing is closed Tuedays. The rest of the week, The Locker is open 3-10 p.m., and the dining room and bistro are open from 4-10 p.m. Call: (503) 584-1035.

Chuck Bradley said...

Re: Roberts Crossing. I spoke with the Glodts yesterday. Chris says a lunch menu is soon to follow, hopefully within the next few weeks.

Stephanie Matlock Allen said...

What's the story behind Two Doors Down? Why did they close?

KandN said...

Stephanie, I think it had to do with their purchase of the 2(?) Cafe Todays.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why the Spaghetti Bowl closed and/or if only moved, to where, or will be back in better weather?

Chuck Bradley said...

I heard Brice's folded their tent. Their phone #'s disconnected. Anybody have the scoop?

Anonymous said...

Looks like there is another restaurant going into the old Maxine's location (across from the statesman journal). I think it has been five or six different restaurants in the past couple years.

The only way that location works is if they are exceptional food and do some expert level marketing.

Anonymous said...

I also noticed last week the new place going into old Maxine's (across from Statesman Journal)and wondered if this new restaurant would even last two months given the recent history of restaurants trying there. Also wondered if whoever was trying the latest restaurant knew of the recent failures there.

KandN said...

Hi Anon, I don't know for sure about the short lived duration of the restaurants in this location, but I do have a theory:
It's a relatively inexpensive spot to get into. Plus it's ready to go (kitchen, booths, tables, chairs), if you're not picky. My thought is that many of the people who have opened here, hoped to put little $ in and have a built-in clientele--with downtown workers nearby. Then perhaps due to lack of experience or the lackluster interior, they don't bring in return customers. At that location, I'd think you'd have to win them at your first contact.
Perhaps there's someone else out there with more knowledge that wants to weigh in.

Anonymous said...

Well there is very little foot traffic and poor signage. Plus dark windows. You could drive by ten times and never even know its there.

Hard location


I did see they put up a new sign on the side of the building today. Had a big red happy face is all I recall.

Best of luck to them but it will take a huge effort to be successful there.

Anonymous said...

I think that Spaghetti Bowl only closed for the season. I presume (and hope!) they'll be back in the spring.

Pam said...

I'm sad about Capitol Dog: A friend recently told me they serve (or served) Eastern European food, and so we were planning on trying it soon. I had thought Capitol Dog was hot dogs.

With all the Eastern European people living in the area, how come we don't have more restaurants serving food from that part of the world?

Chuck Bradley said...

Looks like the Chula Vista at 260 liberty ST SE is closed.

Anonymous said...

Changes to check out in Independence.
While J Bella's is gone, I noticed a sign in the
window today: "coming soon, Mexican restaurant"
hmmmm...lots of them already here.

Also, would love to hear news on the brand new opening of Royal Thai restaurant in the rennovated opera house in the main block of downtown. I believe they opened as of this last week, but can't find any news online. They looked to have a number of tables full tonight when I passed by on my way home.

Anonymous said...

Hubby and I ate lunch at Royal Thai in Independence today .. at first glance, the place was nicely painted, clean and felt inviting in keeping with the historic feel of the old building. A cup of curry soup was offered as we browsed the menu ..we had Pad Phet and Pineapple Red Curry . both tasty and flavorful. Not as spicy as we like but an easy fix with the condiment tray delivered to our table.
Lunch ranges from $6.50 to $8 depending on 'meat' selection; dinners were $9-13 .. pretty typical in what we've seen at Thai restaurants.
Our favorite is still Thai Beer but Royal Thai is definetly on the right track and should do well. Note: they've only been open one week!

Anonymous said...

Tried Tup Tim Thai Cuisine at 3860 Commercial Street, SE, Salem (in the plaza with the Baskin Robbins) and was very pleased. They've only been around since late September and I think it's been hard. If you like Thai, I encourage you to check them out. It would be nice to see them make a go of it. Prices are very reasonable.

Also, recently tried Mekong Asian Take-Out in Keizer and was pleased with them as well. Find them in a small plaza behind the 76 station at 5151 River Road N, Keizer. It's take-out mostly so call to order! (503) 991-5503. You can pickup a menu when you pickup your order! Also very reasonable prices. Excellent homemade peanut sauce. Nice story at opening: http://keizertimes.com/?p=3181

DeeDeeDiner said...

Nipa Hut in Keizer? On yelp they posted that their Grand Opening was scheduled for February 5, but no one is answering the phone. Anyone know anything?
3844 River Rd NE
Keizer, OR 97303
(503) 689-1013

3-D

Chuck Bradley said...

Triple D, I got a message from the owner confirming his scheduled G.O. date of 2/5. The posted phone number is a cell phone. I have not caught him here, but he did return my call when I left a message. Also, be warned not to trust the Mapquest map on Yelp. You’ll find yourself 2 or 3 miles north of your destination if you do. The real location is in the same strip mall as Thai Lotus and Goodwill in the 3800 block of River RD N. I can’t wait to try this place.

'laina said...

I can't wait to to try Nipa Hut! I had a friend, years ago, who's mom made fantastic filapino food, and I've been trying to recreate that experience ever since!

Anonymous said...

Nipa Hut will have a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 5 @ 3844 River Road N, Keizer. I hear they're on Facebook.

KandN said...

"Salem Stinx" said, "Not sure where to post this, but in case anyone has not noticed, Thai E San is coming to Salem. Going in were Bigfoot is and now hopefully was. Great addition for Salem. I can only hope it is the whole restaurant and not split into two."

'laina said...

According to their facebook page, Nipa Hut (of Oregon) is open! I can't wait for pancit and lumpia. The pictures show the dining area is tastefully decorated and clean. Best of luck to this new business!

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to Smokin Swine's return? I saw the posts on their page which has since been taken off this site (at least the link has), so is that a sign that Ken and Kathy have cancelled their comeback? I'd be crushed -was so looking forward to that great food!

Chuck Bradley said...

E-San Thai Cuisine is now open in the old Thai Fusion/Bigfoot location (3330 Commercial ST SE) and it’s a big improvement over the marginal and understandably defunct Thai Fusion! I had lunch there today with a very nice young fellow, Brian Greggs, who (to his credit) has taken it upon himself to be an informal liaison between Willamette University students and the Salem community. He’s recently initiated an on-campus newsletter in which he plans to bring attention to some of Salem’s restaurants and other points of possible interest. It reassures me to know the future rests in the hands of bright young people such as he.

We both enjoyed our meals. I had their Phad Thai which was well executed. I found their “medium heat” to be a step below the norm. I will notch it up on my next meal there.

Commercial Street has progressed from only one good Thai place to three in just a few months. The economy may be struggling, but Salem’s restaurant scene is exploding!

Chuck Bradley said...

New Asian Fusion Place:

Full House
440 State ST
Salem, OR 97301

(503) 588-2928

hours: 11AM – 9 PM M,T,W&T
11AM – 10 PM F& Sat
11:30AM – 7 PM Sun

The have a lunch (only) buffet, a Sushi bar plus off-the-menu items.

More to come after I’ve tried ‘em.

Anonymous said...

Previously Hainan Orchid. Did the previous owners sell?

Chuck Bradley said...

New:

Your Place (Formerly Jack's Bar & Grill)
3165 River RD N
Salem, OR 97303

(503) 304-5230

Hrs: Sun-Thurs 11AM-12AM
Fri-Sat 11AM-1AM

Live music three nights and one afternoon per week.

Under $10 menu incl: Appetizers, Sandwiches, Wraps, Quesadillas, Seafood Baskets, Soups and Fresh Salads.

Chuck Bradley said...

New:

Chelsea’s Place
110 Liberty ST NE
Salem, OR 97301

(503) 540-5723

Hours: Mon-Fri 6AM – 6PM
Sat 7AM - 6PM
Sun 8AM - 6PM

Spotted the place on a post-lunch peregrination, so haven’t eaten here yet. The owner, Kenny, was very helpful with questions from a non-paying customer. Looks like an old fashioned soda fountain and Burger type set-up.

More to come when I’ve tried it!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any idea where I could get the recipe for the old Chelsea's that was in Salem for their Steak soup or maybe it was stew?My family used to drive from Albany to eat there and we loved this soup.Are there any former chefs around?Thank you

DeeDeeDiner said...

Here is a link that provides background on Chelsea's and mentions the steak soup along with the owners names.
http://southworthjamesr.tripod.com/jean/Chelsea'sno_edited.htm
I found a listing on www.theultimates.com/white on Illahe Rd for the owners or you may try contacting Jean Southworth who wrote the message and included contact information. It may take a little legwork but it sounds like you're on a mission :-)
Good luck!
3-D

Anonymous said...

Oh man I miss that soup! Please let us know if you find it. A big bowl of soup and a huge slice of one of that amazing chocolate layered cake was the best dinner. I really miss Chelsea's....

Anonymous said...

Chelsea's was a staple when I was growing up in the 70's/80's. Old school mid-west type restaurant back from when you could still enjoy a cigarette in a dining room without the health police having a coronary (nice pun!). Where can you do that now short of Wisconsin?

My dad who was a great guy and valued his mid-west roots, would get a slice of pie and a cup of coffee to cap the dinner. It wasn't my favorite place, but I was sad when they closed. Thinking back now, it makes me especially nostalgic.

I have this vague memory of a pot pie. I was young then and I've drank a lot over the past 25 years so my memory isn't what it should be.

Amber said...

Chelsea's steak soup was one of my favorites too. Would love the recipe if anyone finds it!

Anonymous said...

Prudence Uncorked is closed http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110328/UPDATE/110328026/-1

This is too bad, as that location has had restaurants open for as long as I can remember.

Anonymous said...

That is a hard location. Not a good lay out and you are only going to be there if you specifically are going for the restaurant. I've heard good things about Prudence U. If they were downtown they would have done 10x the business.

J. James struggled there and it was one of the better restaurants in Salem.

Chuck Bradley said...

SWMBO and I checked out Taj Mahal buffet today. We’re usually not buffet folks, but we got there early and it was very good. Great Fruit and Salad bar as well as a good selection of Indian dishes. Can’t say if it would be as appetizing at 2:30PM as it was at 11:30AM, but the Nan bin was replenished three times while we were there. Of course they also have a broad array of menu items.

Chuck Bradley said...

The Old Mexican Grill (in the old Nipa Hut spot- 3844 River RD N) is scheduled to open next week according to the owner. She says they will offer American menu items also.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know happened to Nipa Hut, why they closed so soon after opening? I hadn't gotten the chance to try them yet, darn it.

Chuck Bradley said...

Baskin-Robins on S. Commercial is closing as of today. The same folks are opening in a new location in West Salem. Sad to see them leave our neck of the woods.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they are closing the South Salem Baskin Robbins store, especially since Wednesday is the annual $.31 scoop night.

http://www.baskinrobbins.com/

I thought it was weird that a self-serve frozen yogurt place is going in a couple of doors down from Baskin Robbins. Now as Paul Harvey says we have..."The rest of the story".

Anonymous said...

That's odd, they already have a BR in west Salem near Roth's and Starbucks.

Anonymous said...

That's really sad. They've been there for a long long long time.

Anonymous said...

The Quizno's on Lancaster by 5 Guys Burger & Fries is for sale, per this listing:

http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2377402332.html

Plus this Cafe Restaurant is for sale in downtown Salem (no name listed):

http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2375732430.html

Anonymous said...

Anon 5/14 7:25 PM, I think the second craigslist offering looks a lot like Mission Mill Cafe.

Chuck Bradley said...

Very sad to report that Mekong Asian Take-out located at 5151 River RD N is closed. It had some of the best of its three cuisine offerings in town.

Anonymous said...

Al-Aqsa Fine Mediterranean Cuisine is now open. It is where the salad bar place was on South Commercial in the same parking lot as Toadally Coffee and Privet European store.

The owner is already planning a second location on State Street by the Cue Ball.

Lots of meat and non-meat options, with reasonable prices. Nice folks running the place.

DeeDeeDiner said...

Sounds good---does anyone know how Al Aqsa translates?

On a separate note, Crooked House Bistro no longer serves lunch nor has their mid-week prix fixe menu.
3-D

KandN said...

3-D, Many, many links come up. Looks like it may be an ancient, holy location in Jerusalem/Palestine, with a rich, contentious history.

Chuck Bradley said...

Unconfirmed rumor has it that 5 Guys Burgers and Fries is coming soon to the corner of Commercial and Vista SE (The old Izzy's location.)

KandN said...

It's true. I hope they kept the back way out onto Vista.

Chuck Bradley said...

KandN. I walked over to Vista and Commercial this morning and it looks like the Vista entrance will be preserved.

SWMBO and I tried Al-Aqsa Fine Mediterranean Cuisine today. It was good. I like the people too. It's nice to have another Mediterranean option in Salem.

Anonymous said...

I am so VERY sad about Mekong Asian Take-out! Their location was a poor choice -- probably lower overhead. They should have been in a place to catch much more lunch traffic and might have provided more seating by a table or two or an outside picnic table -- I do hope we can find them again sometime.

On another note: The Downtown Market at 145 Liberty Street, NE now has a nice Middle Eastern menu. They have appetizers, sandwiches, and even a dinner menu. Seating is in a balcony area over the market. It is Lebanese/Greek as stated by the owner. Have not tried much yet. This could be a third Mid-East option. I look forward to trying Al-Aqsa Fine Mediterranean Cuisine soon. I'm anxious for Salem to have a good option similar to Nicholas of Portland!

Anonymous said...

Al Aqsa actually translates into "dome of the rock" in Arabic, it's derived from the Dome Of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem.

Chuck Bradley said...

New Mexican restaurant "El Maguey" at 260 Liberty ST SE. (The old Chula Vista location.) The lunch I had suggest regional nuances and was a treat unique in my experience. The folks are originally from the town of San Filipe Chilarillo in the Mexican State of Guanajuato, but have been in the restaurant business in Georgia for ten years. I’m anxious to see what other menu surprises are in store.

Chuck Bradley said...

Azteca Bakery 2138 Lancster DR NE Suite 121. Great Molotes lunch there today. Also, right next door in Suite 124: La Brisa Restaurant. Haven't tried this one yet, but it looks interesting.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what is going into the former Cafe Noir space? They have blacked out all the windows so I am assuming a bar or nightclub? Haven't seen any liquor license postings.

Chuck Bradley said...

Who in Salem/Keizer, or surrounding area, makes a Green Chile Cheeseburger? (I didn't know where else to put this. Maybe we need a general question or what's on your mind thread?)

Anonymous said...

Chuck Bradley,
Cook's Illustrated Summer Grilling 2011 Special Issue has a recipe for a Green Chile Burger, referring to it as maybe the best burger that you have never heard of. You can buy a copy here http://www.cooksillustrated.com/bookstore/detail.asp?PID=499 or at a local bookstore like Borders, or I could scan the recipe and email it to you as a pdf file. Let me know your preference.

Amber said...

Chuck,
Believe it or not, the West Salem Safeway's butcher counter makes a really good green chili and cheddar patty. All it needs if for you to grill it.

Chuck Bradley said...

Thanks Amber and Anon. I'm hoping to find a local eatery where I can walk in and order one made with a fresh hand spanked patty.

Anonymous said...

Assume you've checked The Ram, Rockin' Roger's and Willamette Burger...

Anonymous said...

or J's 99 Grill in Monmouth or Cafe 22.

Chuck Bradley said...

New (and excellent) Hot Dog Cart downtown! NE corner of Liberty and Court STS. Deanie's Wienies. Features Hebrew National Kosher all Beef Dogs and New England Style, Grill toasted Buns. I loved 'em. Well worth a try.

Anonymous said...

Saw this ad on craigslist: PIZZA SHOP FOR SALE (Downtown Salem) And wondered where it is? http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2496564602.html

Chuck Bradley said...

The Grub Shack food truck is now more or less permanently set up at Capitol Auto Group on the NW corner of Mission and 25th streets SE. It is amazing! I think today was my 2nd or 3rd visit. They always use the highest quality ingredients and much care in preparation. The values of their "specials" are off the charts! Today I had Pesto linguine served in a biodegradable container made of recycled materials. The Pasta was "to the tooth" perfect, tossed in an wonderful hand crafted Pesto Sauce with Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini Squash then liberally dusted with grated Parmesan Cheese and garnished with a sprig of Sweet Basil. Oh the side was a nice piece of honest-to-gosh minced-Garlic Bread. Sound like a $20 lunch? It was five bucks! Now that floats my boat!

(Note: To be sure of location, on any given day, call Mack or Marilyn @ 503-851-5560)

Chuck Bradley said...

Papas G'ss Blacklight Bar is soon to open at the corner of Marion and Church Streets. They are waiting for OLCC approval. I'm told their menu will include Grilled Meats; Pulled Pork, Sausages, Ribs, Beef, Chicken and Sausages. Stay tuned more to come.

Amber said...

Well, if this is true, I guess I better hurry up and use that Groupon for Church Street Pizza. I really do love their pizza, one of my favorites in town. Will be disappointed if the recipe changes.

Chuck Bradley said...

It has been reported, on another site, that the "temporary closing" of the Full House Asian restaurant at 440 State Street is now permanent. The author claims to have spoken to the owner who sited "the economy" as the reason. They will continue to have a booth at the Salem Farmer's Market, according to the report.

Anonymous said...

Am I to understand that Church Street Pizza will be closing? I too have a Groupon!

mama2dylan said...

PIZZA SHOP FOR SALE (Downtown Salem)
Judging from personally having been there many times, the ad describes the contents. My money is on "Church Street Pizza" as the business for sale.

Chuck Bradley said...

The Midnight Bar & Grill is now open at 3960 Center ST NE. All individual menu items under $5, $.50 Tacos and $.50 Wings!

Also, Amecameca recommended El Rinconisto, a new authentic Mexican place at 2809 Market ST NE. I tried it today and think it has promise. Amecameca liked it. He has been my spirit guide to Mexican food for some time and has rarely lead me astray. When he talks, I listen.

Anonymous said...

Cafe Noir former location will be Papa G's Blacklight Bar.

Chuck Bradley said...

Two new Independence places for Authentic Mexican food: #1 Carniceria Mi Casita is a bodega/Carniceria with a Gill inside. It's good, as these places almost always are. (834 N. Main ST) #2 Jimenez Mexican Restaurant opened Friday and wraps fantastic hecho a mano Tortillas around its Tacos. Limited but good menu. (286 N. Main ST)

Anonymous said...

Just saw in the Statesman Journal that Morton's Bistro in West Salem is closing. Very sad.-guitar4me

Chuck Bradley said...

Two comments: 1. Los Yonics Mexican Restaurant is open at 1391 Broadway NE. Good Mex-Amer food and huge portions. Great service. 2. Venti's new Commercial ST location soft opening is today at 4PM.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, about "1. Los Yonics Mexican Restaurant is open at 1391 Broadway NE. Good Mex-Amer food and huge portions. Great service. "

Is this the old 4 Caminos Mexican Restaurant? Did 4 Caminos close or is this just a name change?

Also in Keizer, the El Charrito Family Mexican Restaurant (503) 390-1474 5458 River Rd N, in the same parking lot with Albertson's and Rite Aid has new owners and maybe a new name. I went by twice this week, one time they had a sign up mentioning the new ownership, and when I drove by later in the week, a sign company was working on the old sign.

The On The Rocks sports bar is now The Dugout Sports Bar. It is in the same parking lot as Platinum Sports & Fitness, Thai Lotus, Little Caesar's Pizza, and The Old Mexico Grill. They have a website here: http://keizerdugout.com/

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon,

Yes it is the old 4 Caminos venue. The owners are the Guzman family and, although I can’t say for sure, I don’t think they were associated with 4 Caminos.

Thanks for the word on El Charrito. I shall miss the old owner’s wonderful Nopales con Puerco dish with Prickly Pear Cacti. It was fantastic!

Chuck

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon,

Thanks for the tip on the old El Charrito venue. It's now Mariscos La Sirenita. SWMBO, Drew Thornton (our grandson) and I tried it today. I recommend their Camarones a la Diabla. It's unlike any I've had before. The Sauce was not as hot as I expected, but was incredibly flavorful. Carol liked her Shrimp Taco and Drew said his Chicken Enchiladas were excellent. Their Salad sides are several cuts above the norm for Mexican places too. It's a little pricey ($35 for 3 lunches, tip included). Check ‘em out. Don’t want to turn this into a full blown review. I’ll shut up now.

Chuck Bradley said...

It is rumored that Smile BBQ at 635 Chemeketa is struggling. They have great Japanese and Korean food at reasonable prices. And they are wonderful people. Let's chat 'em up and see if we can't give them a much needed boost. BTW, I recommend their Galbi dinner.

Chuck Bradley said...

There is activity at the failed Full House location at 440 State ST. Does anyone know who's going in there?

mama2dylan said...

No Chuck, but our neighboring booth at the Salem Saturday Market are the previous owners after Hainan Orchid. They just sold it.I will ask them on Saturday and post.

Anonymous said...

The old Full House is a great location but it is going to take a lot of money to renovate.

That plus outstanding food to get people in the door.

Hopefully not another generic, undercapitalized Asian restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Taco Bell still sells Chilito's? Flour shell with fatty micro ground beef floating in a sea of liquid cheese like goo?

Man, I loved those in college.

Anonymous said...

PaPa G's Blacklight Bar is moving into the old Cafe Noir.

mama2dylan said...

Chuck I talked the the former owners of 440 State ST. They have no idea what is going in there.

Chuck Bradley said...

Thanks mama2dylan. I'll keep an eye on it and report.

Anonymous said...

From Papa Di Vino:

To All:

We are sending this notice to let our customers know that we are closing/selling our shop. As you know, Sarah and I recently retired and thought this would be a great retirement project. However, the amount of time and the hours of operation have been more of a commitment than we anticipated. It has been hard to dedicate this amount of time away from our grandkids and family. It truly has been an exciting adventure and we have enjoyed the many wonderful new acquaintances. We will miss you all!

Our plan is to close the shop by September 30th. We would like to provide the month of September as an opportunity for everyone with a gift certificate a chance to redeem them as soon as possible.

Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing our shop or any of the equipment, please contact us at Papa di vino’s or call us at 503-364-3009.

We want to thank you for your support these past 9 months, and we appreciate your patience while we learned about wine and the wine business. Quite an experience!

All the best to you all!

Gary, Sarah, and Ryan Jennings


--
Papa Di Vino
503-364-3009
1130 Royvonne Ave Se. #104
Salem, Oregon 97302
http://www.papadivino.com/

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Also the Hawaiian Time location behind Popeye's Chicken on Mission Street next door to Anytime Fitness looks really close to opening. A sign is up, & they have a drive thru.
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Now through 8/28/2011 Mickey D's has free small cups of coffee. Not the best coffee in town, but hey, can you beat the price?
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The sign has gone up on the new building/strip mall home of Five Guys Burger & Fries on South Commercial & Vista. The opening must be soon.
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Sharky's Pool & Brew on South Commecial by Northern Lights Theatre Pub is closed & for sale. They are asking $75,000 and the for sale ad is here:
http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2555942308.html
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HALF TIME BAR & GRILL at 850 High St NE Salem, Oregon has sold. More info may be found here:
http://www.wiltseybars.com/listings.htm

mama2dylan said...

Chuck, the name of the new restaurant at 440 State St. in downtown Salem is Rainbow Chinese Restaurant.

The menu includes dim sum dishes such as steamed Char Sew Bow (pork barbecue-stuffed dumplings), Shew My (shrimp and pork stuffed dumplings) and shrimp Ha Gow (shrimp dumplings).

The restaurant, co-owned by Mei Wu and Xiao Wu, also serves a selection of Cantonese dishes.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
(503) 362-9000.

Chuck Bradley said...

mama2dylan. Isn't it great? I tried several of their Dim Sum menu items last week. It's a very good thing to have a second option for this. I wrote a review and submitted it to eatsalem management, so I won't steal my own thunder here. I'll just say; try it the first chance you get! Thanks for keeping your ear to the ground on this place for me.

tracylee said...

I know this is late, but I thought of Chuck's Green Chili Burger question this evening when a friend ordered it at My Place in N. Salem this afternoon - report - it was so so. I didn't taste it myself, green chilis aren't my thing, but I asked for EatSalem! :-)

Anonymous said...

All American Frozen Yogurt in the Salem Center Food Court is out of business, as of Friday night. If you have an Entertainment Book with the coupon for the free small bowl of yogurt, it is too late to use in Salem.

DeeDeeDiner said...

This extremely helpful section has become unwieldy and is in need of a re-vamp---perhaps the top section at least could be kept up-to-date so that the "New openings" are more current than one year ago---maybe by month? Perhaps the older items could somehow be re-arranged---alphabetical list? (& include opening/closing date or ???) Also this is a perfect example of where a "jump to last comment" option would help immensely. Just my $00.02.
DDD

KandN said...

Thanks, DDD
I tend to do better at keeping things updated during the summer when I'm off. I'll definitely put this on my to do list.

Chuck Bradley said...

Brick Brothers, on Browning SE, now offers an in-house-baked option for its Pizza (was bake-at-home only) and it also delivers, if you so desire.

Also, The Break Billiards and Brew (formerly Sharky's) on Commercial SE, is under new management/ownership and will open tomorrow with a new menu including Brick Brothers Pizza.

DeeDeeDiner said...

You're a gem! Much easier to read already. Maybe we should poll the troops to find out exactly how much "history" is necessary and relegate the rest to a separate category. Thanks!!
DDD

Anonymous said...

Anything going on with Off Center Cafe? I thought I saw if for sale on craigslist a month or so ago. When for a late breakfast today and they were closed at noon, though their hours said they should be open until 2:30pm.

Chuck Bradley said...

Great fix! I would vote for most recent post displayed first on all threads.

KandN said...

My intent was to make this change to the newest dining scene post, but guess who wasn't paying close attention?
Oh well. This one has obviously had the most traffic.
I have no doubt, that as soon as he finds the time, Salem Man will find a way to do that, Chuck. :)

Chuck Bradley said...

Thanks KandN. That's great!

BTW, I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that Young's Teriyaki Closed. Does anybody have the scoop?

KandN said...

Chuck,
There's a rumor that Love Love Teriyaki is coming to that location.

Chuck Bradley said...

Right you are KandN! The coming soon sign is in the window. The workmen had no comment about an anticipated opening date.

Chuck Bradley said...

Bizznaga 303 Grill! A new eatery at the hapless 114 S. Main ST in Independence. American fare menu. Light and bright. Same owners as Lenora's Ghost just up the block. Maybe the third time will prove to be the charm in this location!

Chuck Bradley said...

"Rockin' Roger's coming soon!" reads the marquee at the old Eola Inn on HWY 22 in West Salem.

KandN said...

Interesting . . .

H said...

re Anon 11/7- Off Center is closed Mondays

Egan said...

Taj Mahal has a website, too: http://www.tajmahalsalem.com

I would know, because I wrote it for them!

KandN said...

Thanks, Egan :) It's on our "Restaurants Online" page.

Chuck Bradley said...

The new NE Daynight Donuts location at 2234 Fairgrounds RD opened yesterday. I stopped by today and venue is new from the studs out. It's a beautiful and spacious store with the best Donuts in Salem as well as a big Yogurt and topping selection, gourmet Coffee and Biscuits and Gravy

Chuck Bradley said...

Spoke with the owner of Al-Aqsa today. He says the State ST location should be open in about two weeks.

There's no apparent activity at the old Jack Rabbit Espresso location on 13rh ST SE, where a Mexican place is rumored to be coming soon.

Lots of contractor vehicles and activity at the old Eola Inn where Rockin’ Rogers is anticipated.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Spoons serves dinner anymore. When I drive by at night, the lights look out to me.

I chatted with someone from Rock N' Rogers and they expect to open at the old Eola Inn location in early December. The pool table is gone & they will have video poker.

The old Jack Rabbit Espresso does having some work going on. I see a sign up for Monarca.

Chuck Bradley said...

Gilgamesh Brewing now has a tap room in the Reed Opera House. Their hours are not posted (it was closed about 3 PM today) and it looks as if their food may be provided by Venti's. At least they have Venti's signs on the wall and there does not appear to be a Kitchen facility.

Anonymous said...

Just read on Craigslist apparently Super Pho on State Street is going out of business.
“Due to personal family issues, I need to get out of the business...Up for bid is my restaurant at 383 State street downtown Salem. Next to the Brick. Everything is updated and ready for any type of restaurant. deep fryer, char broiler grill, refrigerators, freezer...soda machine. pretty much a turn key operation for any food you may want to bring into downtown. I get a full house every lunch from the state workers and students at the college. So the deal is,...take a look, shoot me an offer and I will contact the top few bidders for more details. rent is currently at about 2k which includes all utilities...EVEN. Electric!!!! so if you looking for a business venture this is the best deal you'll get am looking to start contacting the highest bidders first thing Monday, so please don’t hesitate if you are interested...thanks”

http://salem.craigslist.org/bfs/2730027310.html

Chuck Bradley said...

Stayton’s The Lovin' Oven, purveyors of premium baked goods (Purportedly the real source of most of Konditorei’s offerings) will no longer have lunches available and will be curtailing their hours as of December 9th, 2011, in their 3rd ST location. The proprietors will be opening a discount grocery store in Stayton Plaza named "Economy Grocery" in which they will offer a selection of their Desserts six days a week.

Chuck Bradley said...

These are both unsubstantiated rumors. Perhaps someone could shed some light as to their veracity.

1. References in reviews, on other sites, suggest that Church Street Pizza is under new ownership/management.

2. I heard, from a questionable source, that White's has sold to the owners of the Ritz Diner.

Does anyone know if either of both of these is/are true?

Stone Soup Bistro said...

Church St was for sale on Craiglist a while back. When I questioned Ian (the owner) he conformed that it was indeed for sale.

Anonymous said...

This was posted on their facebook page early this am- so it sounds like new owners.

Church St. Pizza
It's on at the break of dawn at church st today, we are already hard at work on today's Chefs Special.

How does Asian Pears, Blue Cheese and Spinach over our Garlic Infused Olive Oil base sound?

Sounds pretty amazing to me. So drop in, say hello to Breeann and Eric and have a slice of the new hotness.

-demitri

Stone Soup Bistro said...

Yep and their FB info says;
General Manager
Demitri Georgedes
Culinary Team
Eric, Amy, Ivo and Demitri

Anonymous said...

Chuck Bradley wrote "2. I heard, from a questionable source, that White's has sold to the owners of the Ritz Diner. Does anyone know if either of both of these is/are true?"

If this happened it would be a little ironic. Don who owns White's & Don's Restaurant on 12th Street, owned The Ritz at one point, and sold it after he got White's going again. White's has been for sale for the past two years, with the asking price dropping by $200,000 during that time.

This website still has the business for sale:
http://www.restaurants-for-sale.com/newsite/rro/listingview.asp?id=17014

$975,000 asking price + $6,000 a month for rent.

Stone Soup Bistro said...

Apparently Church St Pizza did change hands. I listed an item on Craigslist and the person who answered the ad was a "Jason" new owner of Church St Pizza. He sounds like a nice guy. He assured me that they kept the same crust recipe. And his son works for him for free!

Chuck Bradley said...

The Pizza Hut on S. Commercial is gone. I mean building and all. Nothing left but a concrete slab and burning memories of appalling service and mediocre food. Let this be a testimony to how well absentee ownership (an educated guess here) works in the food service industry. I'll not shed a tear for this one's demise.

dinnersforwinners said...

Chuck wait! Don't spread falsities :) This Pizza Hut razing was of particular interest to me as I live directly across the street. Smelly old Pizza Hut has been our main view from our big 20-foot windows ever since we moved in. When I came home last Thursday and saw the restaurant flattened, I cheered.

Too soon.

They're building a new Pizza Hut right back up. We are in for some noisy construction months ahead, and Salem is not losing a Pizza Hut location.

-guitar4me

Jia said...

That is too bad. I used to work right across the street from that Pizza Hut and it was an eyesore.

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