Tornado season is apparently over at the 5-Spot, which persisted in offering jokey twister-themed decor and menu items throughout the recent deadly spate of tornadoes.
The Chow Foods-owned restaurant picked the theme before the 2011 U.S. tornado outbreak killed more than 500 people. As fatalities mounted, Chow Foods volunteered to donate 25 percent of its Tuesday-night proceeds from the Tornado Alley menu to elementary schools in affected areas.
The fund-raising drive and menu were slated to end on June 13. True to schedule, diners at the 5-Spot last night found no trace of the Tornado Alley concept.
The next theme is likely to be controversial only with hometown loyalists who are weary of hearing how Seattle can't stack up against another hip Pacific Northwest city. Come Wednesday, 5-Spot is celebrating Portland.
"We have a lot of admiration for what's going on in the food scene down there, and the little peccadilloes Portlanders have," Chow Foods president Peter Levy says.
According to Levy, the Portlandia menu is still in the copy-editing phase, but featured items include a jalapeno waffle with bacon jam and Pine State fried chicken, served with a biscuit and sausage gravy. "That's going to be delicious," Levy says.
Like all 5-Spot themes, the Portland tribute will stick around for 11 to 13 weeks. Levy reports his team is already planning a theme for fall. No word yet on which constituency it might upset.