NOOOOO, le Palace of Industry est mort!
"However, what I seem to have made is a bar that sells some treasures on the side, when what I set out to do was to make a shop that sells some drinks on the side. I had no idea when we first opened that we’d eventually be open till midnight, have 4 beers on tap, & that I’d be booking DJs & events 5 nights a week-and it’s been amazing, and fun. But in the end, my heart is in finding and purveying the treasures, and I’m going to be moving on so that I can do that, and only that."
The irony, of course, is that Cristin was a really good bartender! I don't know anything about the gals taking over the space (the former Palace will re-open at some point as the Lost and Found Lounge, and Cristin is taking over Flutter, on Mississippi Ave), but they have some fukkin shoes to fill. I've been in maybe three other joints that could go toe-to-toe with the erstwhile Palace in being really welcoming and yet making every patron feel like a member of some super-cool secret club.
(What was the Palace, you ask? This was the super improbable thrift shop bar that I first found on the 2011 Serial Park run.)
Anyway, I liked the joint a lot, although I didn't make it up there that often, and I really regret missing the farewell party. Good luck to everyone involved.
(Also, there may be a vacancy in the PDX ecosystem now, if anyone's feeling opportunistic. I don't know of any better way to nudge a customer toward that vintage dress or jacket purchase than a $5 champagne/lavender/lemon twist cocktail.)