Restaurant news on MLK

Alu is for sale.

Ned Ludd catches a decent review in the Portland Tribune.

I went to Horn of Africa in Vanport Square for my birthday, and loved the food. I think it’s my new favorite Ethiopian place in town.

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Sumner to Webster, on the east side of NE MLK.

This building, standing between Sumner and Webster on the east side of MLK, holds these businesses:

  • Western Union, which sports a new “Grand Opening” sign in the window, even though it’s been open for at least a year;
  • A Step Above Shoes & Men’s Apparel;
  • Tiffany Nail Salon (I sometimes think of this as the “Tiffany Building”, because this salon is right in the center of it);
  • Tana Market, formerly Angel’s Minimart;
  • H&R Block, which is only open in this location every year from 1/1 to 4/3o.

The building was constructed in 1927. Among its tenants over the years include:

–Bop City Records, a store opened in 1970 by Fitzgerald Beaver, DJ and journalist who founded The Facts, Seattle’s oldest African-American community newspaper (Bop City Records had been on Williams Avenue since the mid fifties, and Beaver had done a live broadcast for KGON radio from the store from 1955 to 1961);

–World Village, a boutique run in the late 80s by local businesswoman Diana McKnight, who was one of the members of a business support/networking organization called “Thriving Black-owned Businesses of Northeast Portland;”

–something called the Cheer-e-o Inn, whose ten-cent tokens can only be wondered at.

This building was sold in 1995 for (wow) thirtyfive thousand dollars.