Spain Come to Eliot: Brasa Haya

Just one block north of Fremont at 412 NE Beech St (where Beech Street Parlor was previously) is the newest Spanish restaurant and a welcome addition to the Northeast Portland dining scene.

Brasa Haya is the creation of owner and chef Ian Munzert and his partner and wife Erin, who have moved to Portland after the Michelin star restaurant, Commonwealth, closed in San Francisco. Brasa Haya’s menu is more traditional yet very creative Spanish dishes.

After just opening on June 9, I had dinner there on the 10th and was amazed at how excellent and organized the service was. The food was divine, and I will definitely return soon.

The menu is primarily small sharable plates, and the dishes come out of the kitchen as they are prepared as per traditional tapas-style.

Check out their menu at and stop in soon—you won’t regret it.

Brasa Haya

412 NE Beech St


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Craftsmanship 105 Years and Counting

Fred Shearer, far right, and Simon Shearer in the derby hat, in a parade in Iowa 1897

The year was 1912, shortly before World War I, when a new chapter in the Shearer family began. Even though Simon Shearer and his son Fred were plasterers by trade, the family moved from Iowa to Oregon to start a potato farm. They landed in Corbett, Oregon, but as the family story goes, they had a blind mule, and the farm didn’t succeed. So, Simon and Fred would travel into Portland to work as plasterers on many iconic buildings and many early 20th century homes that still stand today. Though the business had a few locations in the Portland metro area, the one they resided in the longest is very familiar to our neighborhood. In 1947 they built what we now know as the home of Ex Novo Brewing on Flint just south of Russell. Fred Shearer & Sons remained in the Flint Avenue location until the late 1990s moving to the Beaverton area so their offices and warehouse could be in the same building. However, the business owners still feel connected to northeast Portland and want us to hear their story.

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Now Open: Jerusalem Rose Market

A new corner market and deli have opened in Eliot at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Morris Street. The Jerusalem Rose Market sells staples from Southwest Asia and North Africa, focusing on Palestinian products and hoping to celebrate Palestinian culture through the lens of the country’s food.

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Lottie and Zula’s Indoor Dining Opens Soon and Picnic Box Option

The other day I took time out from work and publishing this issue of the Eliot News and stopped by for lunch at Lottie and Zula’s. If you haven’t had their breakfast or lunch sandwiches or really any of their menu offerings, you have been missing out.

Besides offering take-out, they now have an awesome patio on the west side of the building. But the best news is they are planning on opening up indoor dining sometime in July. That is exciting, and I can’t wait to check out how they have decorated the dining room.

If you’re headed to the Dawson Park Concerts this summer and fall be sure to check out the Picnic Box that they are offering. Eliot Neighborhood Association gets a portion of the sales of these boxes. You can order HERE or give them a call.

Lottie and Zula’s

120 NE Russell



Tuesday—Saturday 8-4

Breakfast all day

Lunch at 10:30

Cliffs PDX: Come for the Food and Cocktails, Stay for the Southern Charm and Midwestern Friendliness

Co-owners Josh Luebke and Sierra Luebke (center of photo) and family at Cliff’s

A few different businesses have occupied the bar under the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell Street. Since I have been in the neighborhood, it has been Trigger and Bunk Sandwiches. Cliff’s PDX is the newest tenant, but Josh Luebke has been around for all three of the recent iterations of this space.

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Adopt-a-Block update – We’re making Progress, but still need your help

By Jody Guth

It’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood – the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the streets are looking better all the time.  Many thanks and kudos to all involved with Eliot’s adopt-a-block team.  While they may not take credit for the blue skies and sunshine, they most certainly can for the improved look to our streets and avenues.  

We’ve had quite a few people sign-up this past quarter, and the ranks of trash-ridders are reflected in things looking as good as they are….mostly.   And, because we’re greedy and can always use more volunteers, we’re seeking out more.  Maybe yourself?  You know you want to be a part of helping Eliot look its best, and I can show you how it’s done. 

All you do is contact me, Jody, at or call 971-320-8594, and I’ll get you set up with trash bags and gloves – plus, I have just a few more picker-uppers as well. If you’re one of the first two lucky winners to contact me, they’re yours.  We’ll decide what block you’d like to “adopt,” you care for it like the adoptee it is, and then you’ll even be entered into a contest every three months where you could win a $100.00 gift certificate to your friendly New Season’s market. 

 What?!….crazy simple, right?….and prizes to boot!  So what are you waiting for?….. 

But before you do, let me announce the current winner of this quarter’s New Season’s gift certificate.  Come on down, Laura and Michael Livingston!  Laura and Michael take care of parts of Williams near Tillamook and around other areas as they walk their dogs.  It can’t be overstated how grateful we are for all those critters who get their humans out for cleaning.  Thanks, Dot and Pipa.. 

Please consider joining Laura and Michael, and the 6(!) other exemplary volunteers who joined this quarter….. big shout out to Richard DeWolf, Moses Wrosen, Laura Atkinson, Pamela Sery, Linda Kading, and Tyler Brunhart.  You do Eliot proud.  

Community Members: Sign Up for Cascadia Behavioral Health’s Annual Back to School Drive!

By Cascadia Behavioral Health

Free backpacks, school supplies, sports physicals and haircuts offered by Cascadia

It’s important we set our students up for success this school year, and many children and families are still in need of school supplies. Once again, we are planning to purchase new backpacks filled with school supplies for the 150+ youth receiving our services, as well as additional families in the community. If your child is in need of supplies this year, we encourage you to participate!

We will also be providing FREE haircuts from professional stylists and sports physicals from Cascadia’s medical staff. To reserve your haircut and/or sports physical, make sure to complete the “add on” during the registration process and select which timeframe works for you.

If you have any questions, contact Thank you for being part of our whole community!



View this post on Cascadia Behavioral Health’s website

Time and Location:

Thursday August 26 2 pm – 6 pm and Friday August 27 9 am – 1pm
Cascadia’s Garlington Health Center, 3036 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

A Letter of Truth

By Jimmy Wilson, Co-Chair

As I look into the mirror each morning, I ask myself what do I see concerning the City of Portland. Do I see a city that resembles the city I once knew? A city that addresses itself to the needs of its people? As I note the extremely adverse media attention our city has received in many months, I ask myself: What is the mindset of the leadership we put in office? Don’t they see?! Don’t they care? Are they truly searching for answers to the problems that are literally destroying the beauty of the City of Roses?  Is there a concern for improving the livability of our great city?

We blame much of our social ills on the Pandemic even though we were in trouble long before the disease took its toll. Some examples are: We have a Black Generation arguing with each other over land ownership who lost their land to others through no fault of their own; ODOT desires to expand the I-5 corridor while remaining under vigorous argument and lawsuits; the coalition of neighborhoods and the neighborhoods’ boards must bond together instead of faultfinding. These are just some of the innumerable challenges that must be addressed immediately.

Our City-wide communities need more help and support from our local police bureau. How can this be done when Portland’s Chief of Police announced the oncoming possibility of losing 200 officers who are stepping down due to controversial politics or retirement. Included here is the downsizing of police funding while simultaneously murders are up 30 percent due to gun violence. The US Government is suing the City of Portland over various challenges versus working as a team to overcome community issues. All of these adverse issues could be addressed if we had a healthy collaboration between a supportive community and city leadership. Already, Portland is being laughed at by other American cities for losing it! Are the glorious days of the spirit of the Rose Festival gone? Have we lost forever what was in recent years a bright city that millions would come, visit and relocate to? What was once a haven is now a trash heap.  

It is high time that we who love our city take our rightful place in leadership rather than sitting back. We must lead the way to return our city to health, positive social justice, and social change. 

What is the NEED?

1)   Wealth creation for people of color since too many black families have been squeezed out of their homes and businesses by power brokers. 

      Note: it would take two hundred to two hundred and fifty years to retain, in today’s market, what the black people have lost in the past 50 years. 

2)   We need black teachers teaching black children the heritage of black history not to lose this precious history in our schools.

3)   Black people need their own medical facilities. This topic in itself would take pages to write about.

4)    Afro American’s need more control of their own affordable housing; they need ownership and need to be planted back into the soil to which they were accustomed: Reasonably price living conditions.

More about our city: From downtown to the neighborhood (I-5) offramp, we see people crammed into tents and trash strewn helter-skelter. All this represents a people seeking hope while our vested leaders do little to lead and support city-wide healing of this dilemma. Question: is the government of Portland doing all it can to make this degradation well? Are the people we voted in just collecting healthy paychecks without checks and balances to support their success and support in making sound decisions for this city? Do we have people following the financial paper trail representing money spent on governmental paychecks versus creating the immediate financial need for city-wide healing? The Chief of police – and his constituents – including the DOJ and the Attorney General cannot do it all in helping the people left behind. We need people holding high governmental offices to come down to where the rubber meets the road.

Find Your Oasis in the Portland Pre-K Desert

By Ben Earle

Beautiful teacher and group of toddlers sitting on the floor drawing using paper and pencil around lots of toys at kindergarten

The possible closure of Portland’s largest preschool, Childswork Learning Center in Sunnyside serving 250 kids, alongside recent government and university studies indicating that all the state’s counties are becoming various levels of “child-care deserts,” only confirm what anyone with young children has long known – finding child care is a real challenge. And then COVID hit, making everything harder for parents and service providers.

Beyond the venerable word-of-mouth approach, fortunately, there are numerous resources to help locate a daycare or preschool program best suited for both your child’s and your needs.

  • Google Maps, MapQuest, and Yelp are always good places to see what might be available nearby.
  • Oregon’s Early Learning Division has teamed with Western Oregon University to compile a “Find Child Care Oregon” list of state registered and licensed programs, accessible online or by calling 211Info. Their websites provide step-by-step guides and helpful tips, plus links to a wide range of reports, research, and related info.
  • On “The Press” front, both the long-running Portland Parent Magazine and Oregon Live have decent online search tools.
  • Of the many listing sites a search for “preschools” or “daycare” in Portland reveals, the locally operated Growing Upwards pops up, along with the more generic Preschools, 12 Best Portland Preschools, Great Schools, Judy’s Book, Top Oregon Private Daycares and Preschools,, and, to name but a few. Checking Facebook, NextDoor, and even Craiglist’s “Daycare” section can sometimes also be helpful.
  • Though they fill up fast, Portland Public Schools offers some Pre-K classes, as does Portland Parks & Rec. And Head Start now has a couple of east-side locations.

Be sure to check as many sources as possible since no particular one can capture all available options. Just remember to stay diligent, patient, and positive – with a bit of luck, you’ll find a good spot for your special little one that’s cost-effective and within a reasonable striking distance!

Home is Where the Heart is…

By Tess Fields, Executive Director, Home Share Oregon

Oregon is in an affordable housing crisis that threatens a stable future.  While many equate homelessness with individuals who are suffering from addiction or mental illness, the reality is most individuals and families who are displaced or housing insecure, are gainfully employed or living on a fixed income. 

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Win Prizes! Join Library Summer Reading Program

From Multnomah County Library Website

Reading colors your world! Explore a world of science and art activities with the Summer Reading game.

Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game by starting a daily reading habit. In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16.

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