Old Chicago in Gresham to close

Old Chicago Restaurants will close its Gresham location at 850 N.W. Eastman Parkway after a midnight toast on Friday, July 15.

Old Chicago will donate 10 percent of its sales to longtime charitable partner, Snow-CAP Community Charities, during the final week of operation. Old Chicago has extended job placement services for its employees and will give two weeks pay. 

To thank its loyal customers and World Beer Tour members, Old Chicago will host a farewell tribute at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Longtime guests are invited to join fellow patrons for a toast at 6:15 p.m., when General Manager Jim Mahnke will toast to honor employees, friends and the community for their years of service, patronage and support.

A shuttle will then take World Beer Tour members to the Plaza 205 Old Chicago location for food and beverages and to move the World Beer Tour 'Hall of Foam.' The shuttle will return to the Gresham location at 9:30 p.m.

The Gresham Old Chicago opened in July 2001. Customers at the Gresham location created a 'Save Old Chicago' Facebook page to rally support for keeping the restaurant open.

The Old Chicago company, which is based in Louisville, Colo., and Chattanooga, Tenn., will continue to operate its three other Oregon locations in Beaverton, Happy Valley and Plaza 205 in Portland.

Silk Espresso wins award

Local coffee chain Silk Espresso took home bronze in the 32nd annual Telly Awards for its locally produced holiday commercial 'Tidings of Coffee and Joy.'

Gradient Productions, which is also based in East County, was hired in 2009 by Silk Espresso to create an online and television advertising campaign, focusing on brand recognition and awareness. 'Tidings of Coffee and Joy' was the third installment of a three-part campaign that used more than 700 photos to bring a barista to life through stop-motion animation.

In 2010, Gradient and Silk received a bronze Telly Award in the Local Food and Beverage category for a separate ad. Because of the work and level of difficulty required to create the stop-motion effects in 'Tidings of Coffee and Joy,' Gradient's work was submitted under the National Food and Beverage Category this year.

With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, Gradient's work was judged against companies, agencies and brands of all sizes, from large multinational media companies to small ad agencies and local production houses.

'Tidings of Coffee and Joy' can be viewed at

City hosts anti-crime,emergency event

The annual Wood Village City Nite Out will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road.

Based on the National Night Out event, Wood Village's Nite Out focuses on crime prevention and emergency preparedness and is coordinated by the city and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with an emergency vehicle parade, followed by flyovers and landings of Life Flight and Coast Guard helicopters. There will be free food and beverages, exhibitor booths, demonstrations, children's activities, door prizes and music.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on site from 3 to 8 p.m. Free secure document destruction will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit or call 503-667-6211 for information.

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