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Little Big Burger plans weekend soft opening; Respond to Racism reschedules student panel

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portlander Micah Camden opened his first Little Big Burger in the Pearl District in 2010, offering cooked-to-order burgers, truffle fries and root beer floats.

Little Big Burger plans weekend soft opening

There's no word yet on when the doors will actually swing open, but the parent company of Little Big Burger says it expects to hold a soft opening of its long-promised Lake Oswego restaurant this weekend.

"Shortly thereafter, it expects to hold its grand opening and free burger day," the company said in press release posted Tuesday to Globe Newswire, "both of which will be announced through social media."

The restaurant is located in Lake Oswego in the Oswego Towne Square shopping center at 3 Monroe Parkway, near the New Seasons Market. Chanticleer Holdings Inc. announced a year ago that it had signed a lease and would open the store sometime in the first half of 2018, but there's been little to report until Tuesday's announcement by Chanticleer Holdings President Fred Glick.

"We're pleased to announce the upcoming opening of our newest company-owned Little Big Burger in Lake Oswego," Glick said in the news release. "We are excited about this location and anticipate it being one of our top performers."

Little Big Burger has developed almost a cult-like following in the years since Portlander Micah Camden opened his first storefront in the Pearl District, offering cooked-to-order burgers, truffle fries and root beer floats. Chanticleer bought the chain in late 2015.

When it opens, the LO restaurant will be Chanticleer Holdings' 13th Little Big Burger in Oregon; the company also operates storefronts in California, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.

As of Wednesday, Little Big Burger's website at www.littlebigburger.com and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littlebigburger still listed the Lake Oswego location as "coming soon." Company officials told The Review on Tuesday that the exact date and time of the soft opening hinge on final permitting and health inspections, which were expected to be completed this week.

Watch www.lakeoswegoreview.com for the latest details.

Respond to Racism reschedules student panel

Student leaders from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools will share their stories and discuss their equity work on Monday, Feb. 18, at the monthly meeting of Respond to Racism.

The gathering, which was originally planned for Feb. 4, was rescheduled because of inclement weather.

Respond to Racism was formed in July 2017 in an effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego. Since then, its monthly meetings have attracted hundreds of people.

Next week's session will focus entirely on students who have become deeply involved in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the Lake Oswego School District. The panel will include Lakeridge students Lucy Adams, Natalie Goldberg, Mya Gordon, Anna-Marie Guenther, Claire Fennell, Max Herrera and Evan Melendez, and LOHS students Sera Lew, Anushka Nair, Janelle Pranger, Penelope Spurr and Margo Sidline.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.respondtoracism.org.

— The Review


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