Image of Violetta courtesy Facebook
The Portland Parks & Recreation department has sent down its ruling: Quick-service burger joint Violetta, a tenant since 2008, will soon vacate Director Park's high-profile "glass cube" location, and will be replaced by an outpost of Elephants Deli. In a message sent first to Facebook fans, owner Dwayne Beliakoff and his team write that Parks & Rec informed them of the change earlier this week, and "we truly wish [Elephants] luck as they learn how to operate in the location, and as they continue to take care of our valued park guests in the months to come."
But according to Beliakoff — and as he told Eater earlier this year — expansion plans for the brand are still in the works. Per the announcement:
What this means for us is quite simple but equally exciting. Our Hillsdale outpost will still open this summer in the beautifully designed park-meets-food cart plaza near Wilson High. Rolllin' Etta will continue to roll and attend many special events (like the North American Organic Brewers Festival) and private parties, but also has a new home at the NEWLY REOPENED Green Castle Food Courts at NE 20th & Everett (starting next week). And by late summer or early this fall, we hope to have Violetta V2.0 up and running downtown with a bigger, four season dining room and bar.
Violetta's final day in Director Park will be June 10; with Elephants Deli hoping to open sometime in July. Updates as they become available.
· Violetta [Official site]
· All Previous Violetta Coverage [Eater PDX]