Astro Biz: Blue Moon Tavern & Grill

McMenamin's Blue Moon Tavern & GrillMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the McMenamin’s Blue Moon Tavern & Grill in Portland. McMenamin’s owns some 70 pubs and other joints, mostly in the greater Portland area, but also spread out from Eugene, Oregon to Bothell, Wash. The Blue Moon is the only Astro Biz in the bunch. It’s in the northwest neighborhood of Portland at 21st and Glisan. It has been the site of some sort of drinking establishment for the better part of 150 years, once being the renowned biker bar Good Time Charlie’s. It has been the Blue Moon for more than 30 years. The business survived a fire that gutted the building in 2000.

Blue Moon is shaping up as a favored Astro Biz name. The McMenamin’s place is the second tavern and third overall Blue Moon on the list, which now includes 13 Moon names, the leader by far.

We chose the Blue Moon because we just discovered it this morning. Plus we like to mix our astronomy with beer. We attended the Rose City Astronomers meeting last night in Portland, and found the Blue Moon along the way to our favorite PDX breakfast spot, Kornblatt’s, which is not an Astro Biz, but its corned beef hash is out of this world.

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