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Dining Out

Megan Sanchez, owner and chef at Guero, hands a customer a to-go order through a window on the side of the Southeast Portland restaurant.

Portland-metro area counties allowed to reopen indoor dining on Friday

Megan Sanchez, owner and chef at Guero, hands a customer a to-go order through a window on the side of the Southeast Portland restaurant.

February 9, 2021, 12:37pm Dining Out

For more than two months restaurants in the state's most populous counties have been closed to indoor dining, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. But on Friday, that will change. Read story

Sunrise Rotary Club members chat underneath a covered area during their cash mob event on Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia Food Park in downtown Vancouver. The group meets at a local restaurant each week to support small businesses.

Sunrise Rotary plans ‘cash mobs’ to support Vancouver bars, restaurants

Sunrise Rotary Club members chat underneath a covered area during their cash mob event on Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia Food Park in downtown Vancouver. The group meets at a local restaurant each week to support small businesses.

February 5, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Life

Vancouver Sunrise Rotary recently launched a series of “cash mobs” to help boost sales and morale at local bars and restaurants, which have suffered during the pandemic. Read story

Heaters at the outdoor dining area of the Main Event in downtown Vancouver add warmth for customers Alyson Hilken, from left, Krissy Sadewasser and John Laughlin as they enjoy a happy hour drink.  At top, a sign informs customers of alternative dining options at Main Event.

Clark County restaurateurs continue to wait as restrictions continue

Heaters at the outdoor dining area of the Main Event in downtown Vancouver add warmth for customers Alyson Hilken, from left, Krissy Sadewasser and John Laughlin as they enjoy a happy hour drink.  At top, a sign informs customers of alternative dining options at Main Event.

January 29, 2021, 6:05am Business

Clark County restaurant owners hoping for a return to indoor dining are going to have to wait at least another two weeks. Read story

Dediko's outdoor dining patio sits along Columbia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Outdoor service offers Clark County diners a breath of fresh air

Dediko's outdoor dining patio sits along Columbia Street in downtown Vancouver.

January 29, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

Pandemic precautions have limited restaurants to offering outdoor service only, so they have created charming open-air structures to entice diners. Read story

Vegan breakfast sandwiches from River Maiden, Dev's Coffee Bar and Seize the Bagel.

Clark County menus offer tasty plant-based breakfast options that can satisfy the unsuspecting

Vegan breakfast sandwiches from River Maiden, Dev's Coffee Bar and Seize the Bagel.

January 15, 2021, 6:01am Clark County Life

Over the past year, vegan breakfast sandwiches appeared on menus throughout Clark County. Vegan-curious, I tried every one that I could find. Expecting substitutes with odd textures attempting to taste like their meat, dairy and egg cohorts, I was pleasantly surprised to find many tasty plant-based options that would fool… Read story

Guests eat their meals on the downstairs veranda as they listen to live music at the Eatery at the Grant House on Friday afternoon, August 9, 2019.

Eatery at the Grant House in Vancouver closes doors permanently

Guests eat their meals on the downstairs veranda as they listen to live music at the Eatery at the Grant House on Friday afternoon, August 9, 2019.

January 11, 2021, 2:13pm Business

The Eatery at the Grant House has closed its doors permanently, according to a Sunday Facebook post from owners Scott and Sarah Flury. The restaurant’s website has also been updated with a banner message announcing the closure. Read story

Customers form two lines as they place their orders at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant drive thru at Vancouver Mall on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021.

Smaller but hungry crowd lines up for Chick-fil-A opening at Vancouver Mall

Customers form two lines as they place their orders at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant drive thru at Vancouver Mall on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021.

January 7, 2021, 2:15pm Business

Vancouver’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant debuted Thursday morning, greeted by an initial line of several dozen customers hungry for the chain’s signature chicken sandwiches. Read story

Heaters at the outdoor dining area of the Main Event in downtown Vancouver add warmth for customers Alyson Hilken, from left, Krissy Sadewasser and John Laughlin as they enjoy a happy hour drink.  At top, a sign informs customers of alternative dining options at Main Event.

Outdoor dining cold comfort for struggling Clark County restaurants

Heaters at the outdoor dining area of the Main Event in downtown Vancouver add warmth for customers Alyson Hilken, from left, Krissy Sadewasser and John Laughlin as they enjoy a happy hour drink.  At top, a sign informs customers of alternative dining options at Main Event.

January 3, 2021, 6:02am Business

While customers gather under temporary structures, restaurant owners say expense of complying with virus restrictions keeping them in the red Read story

Vancouver's Heathen Brewing kept suds flowing during the pandemic with a beer truck.

A wild year for restaurants in Clark County

Vancouver's Heathen Brewing kept suds flowing during the pandemic with a beer truck.

December 31, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Writing about food felt heavy in 2020. After the pandemic hit and precautions shut down restaurants, the nature of my beat shifted overnight. I went from writing stories about fun things like the best doughnuts in Vancouver to covering an unfolding catastrophe for restaurants. Read story

Vancouver Pizza Company on Main Street in uptown Village in Vancouver.

Vancouver Pizza Company closing doors for good

Vancouver Pizza Company on Main Street in uptown Village in Vancouver.

December 28, 2020, 11:09am Business

Vancouver Pizza Company, located in Uptown Village, is closing permanently due in part to the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners announced Sunday on Facebook. Read story