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New Pearl gallery serves both the palate and the palette

Until Friday, the new Yoshida's Fine Art Gallery locale, at 206 N.W. 10th Ave., will bustle with the noise and frantic work common to last-minute construction activity. After that, the gallery will purr with a fine art-bistro-wine bar combo that will fit snugly in its Pearl District digs.

Yoshida's, owned by Linda Yoshida Ñ wife of Junki Yoshida, the sauce king and Port of Portland commissioner Ñ is making the reverse-flight move from Troutdale to downtown. The gallery will feature an array of mediums ranging from Shanghai furniture to oil paintings by Oregon-based artists.

The Portland Palate wine bar and bistro, operated by Kathy and Jeff Toynbee, will purvey a selection of Northwest wines.

Linda Yoshida, an accomplished antiques expert and a member of the Oregon Arts Commission, says the space will host weekly champagne and caviar nights that spotlight the gallery-bistro dynamic.

'We think the Pearl District, as the area's art Mecca, is a perfect match for us,' she says.

Ñ Andy Giegerich