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Biz Beat 8-2-2012

Cornucopia’s Maize Lounge at 13th and Oak closed down without notice this past weekend and all future music gigs were canceled. Moving trucks were seen outside Monday morning, hauling off furniture and equipment for storage in a rented warehouse. Maize offered food, a full bar and a stage for live music. We hear a big hike coming in lease payments was behind the decision; Cornucopia’s other two restaurants are doing fine. Alison Albrecht and Nils Stark are owners of the business, but not the old building, which used to be a Cadillac dealership. The District was a previous night spot. The thriving barcade on that corner and all the student housing being built nearby is likely to make it an even hotter location. 

The restaurant delivery services of Pony Express just got a major upgrade. The delivery drivers will now be capable of bringing beer and wine right to your home. The maximum amount of beer and spirits Pony Express can deliver by law is two six-packs of beer, two bottles of wine, or one six-pack of beer and one bottle of wine per residence, per day. Pony Express can take orders for beer and wine delivery daily, until 7 pm, although drivers are permitted to deliver as late as 9 pm. Those ordering beer or wine must present an acceptable photo ID at the door and sign documentation stating that they are of legal age to consume alcohol in the state of Oregon. Contact is 485-2090, or go to ponyexpressdelivery.com  

New start-up business in town is called Action Sports High Performance Stunt Shows, offering affordable live entertainment including choreographed bicycle stunts with an upbeat, family-friendly music soundtrack. Currently booking private parties, company picnics, sales events and more. Contact is Cash Reynolds, 246-5471. Facebook page and website are under construction.

Ox & Fin, a reinvention of Osteria Sfizio, opened July 27 and will be serving lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday in the space previously occupied by Sfizio at Oakway Center. Owners are Chef Andrew Stone, Rick Montoya and Curtis Large.

The Solarize Eugene project has helped 50 EWEB households install or prepare to install solar electric systems over the past three months. The new systems are expected to generate more than 125 kilowatts of electricity. The project is a collaboration involving the nonprofit The Resource Innovation Group, an EWEB Greenpower grant, local solar contractors and others. For more information, email sarah@trig-cli.org or call 654-4052.