Washington Avenue Changes; Artists Tell Story of Anger at ‘Poor Jon’


Art Work with a Sketch of Jon Jennings, a/k/a Poor Jon, Accuses Him of Selling Out the City to the Highest Bidder – with the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council.

Near the Corner of Franklin Street and Congress Street is a Sign Expressing the Views of Most Renters in Portland. A Weak Committee to Deal With Rental Housing Issues Will Meet on Monday, October 28 at 5:30 pm.  “Anti-Housing Housing Committee” chair is Jill Duson

The ever so popular Cheese Store, 93 Washington Avenue, on the HIll is in the process of expanding to its new location – right next door – at 107 Washington Avenue.  The much larger space will permit the Cheese Store to greatly expand its product line.  The first anniversary of this business was September 28, 2019.  Congrats!

Of Trump’s tariffs that just went into affect, Mary Chapman, co-owner with her husband Will Sissle, said:  “We’ve known they were a possibility for about four months.  We wrote letters in opposition to this and so did lots of others.  About l/3 of their cheeses will be affected by these new tariffs.  Mary and Will expect to open in several weeks.  Tim Johnson, with a foodie background, has joined the company on a part-time basis.  Ishi Ishi  Ramen, a 9-seat counter noodle bar, is expected to move into that space, 93 Washington Avenue.  It’s a BYOB.

Right behind them in the same space at 107 Washington Avenue is the new office of the ACLU – possibly to move there next month.  No more details are available at this time.

It’s been announced that Terlinqua, a restaurant, will be moving into the former Silly’s.  A beer garden and renovations are expected to occur.