By Nathalie Weinstein
If you were thinking of challenging Commissioner Randy Leonard to a karaoke duel, make sure your Mustang Sally is polished and ready. Over Subway sandwiches at city hall, PDX Pipeline caught up with the commissioner, who does a mean rendition of the Wilson Pickett classic. He also has an undying love for local blues great Curtis Salgado, and was once a performer in a Blue Brothers cover band. He gave us his two cents on Major League Soccer, the Rose Quarter and the best food in Portland.
PDX: Is the Timbers name going to be retained?
RL: Apparently Merritt Paulson announced he was keeping the name. The name will stay and we will be getting major league players.
PDX: So no open auditions for Portland soccer players?
RL: There might be. But they’d have to be of that level. I wouldn’t be able to play. I can say that pretty confidently. That would be an example of someone who shouldn’t play
PDX: There’s been a lot of discussion about the Rose Quarter lately. How do you see that area developing?
RL: I see it developing differently than what Cordish has done in other cities. I’ve looked at visuals of their work in Kansas and Philly. I get the concept. I also was born and raised here and I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t work here as it would there. You would need the Red Robin to be a McMenamins. We like local businesses, restaurants and breweries. It seems like the Blazers agree with me on that. Which is perfect, because we want (the development) to succeed. The idea is not just to do it, but to do it so it will succeed
PDX: If you were to be left alone on a desert island, what three albums would you want there with you?
RL: A Curtis Salgado album, The Temptations Greatest Hits, and The White Album by The Beatles
Commissioner Randy’s favorite eats:
For the most delectable steam clams and crab cocktails Pal’s Shanty, 47th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard
For the greatest food cart sausage: Altengartz German Sausage, S.W. Tenth Avenue and Alder Street
For the best traditional Chinese seafood Om Seafood Restaurant 7632 S.E. Powell Boulevard
For Portland’s most delicious pizza, Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant, 4703 N.E. Fremont Street