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Thursday in Portland: Portland City Council approves PBOT's plan for long-term outdoor dining & more

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Aug. 24 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Portland City Council approves PBOT's plan to keep outdoor dining going long-term

The Portland City Council voted to accept the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Outdoor Dining Program on Wednesday, the final steps to making outdoor dining “permanent” at restaurants across the city. Outdoor dining has been popular for several years now, after the COVID-19 pandemic took over and shut down all indoor dining.

“It started as a temporary quick fix and it turned out that we all really like it, and I think it’s really helping the restaurant industry in Portland,” Elise Benassi, operations manager for popular restaurant Grassa, told KGW.

After discussing with community members and those in the restaurant industry, PBOT laid out a long-term outdoor dining program at the city council meeting on Wednesday. The plan offers a variety of options and is very detailed. It includes year-round and seven-month seasonal permits for restaurants. The city council will vote to finalize the plan on Sept. 27. Applications will begin processing in October for new 2024 permits.

2. Maintenance work on Hawthorne Bridge causing delays Thursday, closure on Sunday

Crews are greasing counterweight cables on the Hawthorne Bridge Thursday morning, causing delays from 9 a.m. until about noon. Crews will need to open the bridge more frequently during the maintenance work with lifts lasting as long as 15-20 minutes. The work is part of regularly scheduled maintenance that will continue into the weekend.

Crews will close the Hawthorne Bridge to all traffic, bicycles and pedestrians on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Travelers will need to find an alternative route. For more details on bridge work in Multnomah County, visit multco.us/bridges.

3. ThriftCon stopping in Portland this weekend

After stopping in cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston, ThriftCon is coming to Portland this weekend. Also known as “the world’s largest traveling vintage market,” the event will take place at the Portland Expo Center on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Portlanders can shop from some of their favorite local businesses, including the Kissing Booth, Matty Daddy Vintage and Tigersden Vintage. There will also be visiting vendors selling clothing, accessories, sneakers, vinyl and home goods.

General admission tickets for ThriftCon are $12 online, $20 at the door and $8 for the last to buy discounted tickets from Ezze. Attendees can also donate their own used clothing.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.

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