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Dayna McErlean’s Portland Empire on

THE COLONY, in St. Johns, used to be a funeral home, then a New Age church. Dayna McErlean is reinventing it as a … let’s see: The ballroom rents out for weddings, parties, whatever. Cooks can rent the kitchen by the hour. (“There’s huge need,” McErlean says. “There are so many food start-ups in Portland.”) Two […]

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Block Party Review.

Our thanks to Rod Hill and KGW for checking out the NE 30th & Killingsworth Block Party last night. Watch Rod’s live interview with Dayna here. View video here.

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Shit People Steal: Yakuza edition.

From PDX Eater: On this edition of Shit People Steal,Yakuza manager Kyle Lovell recounts one particularly bizarre bathroom heist at the swank NE Japanese spot: “Who would dare steal from the Yakuza? One would think, not many people. Yet good ol’ PDX will always provide a rebel or two, especially after a night of drinking sake. A […]

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Fox 12’s Steph visits Yakuza to make sweet miso cod.

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I’ve never met Dayna in real life before, but just learning about her inspired me. She’s a single mom of a young child who owns FOUR businesses, folks, and two of those being the toughest type of businesses to run, in my opinion: restaurants. I’ve dined at Yakuza and can see her touches throughout: it […]

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Portland Monthly : Sake Girl Q&A: Kyle Lovell

In a state with a near rabid obsession for its own bold pinot noir, bracing IPA, and hip boutique booze, a nuanced and non-homegrown beverage like sake doesn’t get a whole lot of attention. Unless you’re Kyle Lovell, the general manager at Yakuza, Micah Camden and Dayna McErlean’s pretty Japanese cuisine-inspired pub (or izakaya) named for […]

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KGW : Yakuza Lounge 5th Anniversary Party

Joe Smith takes us to “Yakuza Lounge”. A north Portland Japanese restaurant celebrating it’s fifth birthday by hosting a block party for the neighborhood and giving away free samples of their amazing food. View the video interview here.

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