I've liked the place, and wondered how it was doing. The Fireside opened in late 2002, soon after I moved to this neighborhood, and started as a 24-hour-except-for-one-day-a-week place. It took some time to reach the original owners' ambition of being a 24-hour operation every day of the week, not just six of them.* It got coverage in unexpected places: a New York Times travel article mentioned it. Within the last couple of years, though, the shop curtailed hours to 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., then 8 a.m. to midnight. Southeast Grind will go back to 6 a.m.-2 a.m., but I wonder if it'll ever try going to 24 hours. I wish Portland were friendlier to 24-hour food shops, or at least late-night dining; we have just a smattering of those.
Waiting to see if this place will be worth supporting...
* Now I wonder: Has any diner or coffee shop ever been named Eight Days A Week?