The emphatically exclamatory Typhoon! Thai restaurant chain has closed its two flagship locations in downtown's Hotel Lucia — Typhoon! on Broadway and Bo RestoBar. According to a hotel employee, both spots shuttered effective last Friday, and the following press release made the rounds over the weekend:
"Typhoon!, Inc. has announced the closure of Typhoon! on Broadway and the adjacent Bo's RestoBar [sic]. The company has been under financial pressures due to the recent death of co-owner Steve Kline, restructuring due to issues with former hired management, and legal costs concerning recent accusations and law suits. According to Bo Kline, Typhoon's existing owner, 'Typhoon! has built its culinary reputation upon the loyal, talented Thai cooks and chefs that have introduced the Pacific Northwest to exquisite tastes of Thai cuisine. I have been privileged to work with them in this effort. Typhoon's cuisine has always had a strong following, and we look forward to growing our business again through our other locations.'"
Typhoon! still operates locations on Portland's NW 23rd Avenue, as well as in Beaverton, Gresham, and Bend. According to the release, "the 32 employees affected by this closure will be urged to apply to other Typhoon locations."
· Typhoon! [Official site]
· All Previous Typhoon! Coverage [Eater PDX]
Image of Bo Restobar courtesy Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects