Corazón is dead. After just three months in a high-profile space inside the West End's twelve | west building (and just as many menu revamps since opening), ChefStable's Kurt Huffman shuttered the Mexican restaurant after dinner service Saturday night. In a frank conversation with Portland Monthly, Huffman admitted that the project "was a fiasco. It's my fault. I blew it."
The hotly anticipated Corazón opened in May as a collaboration between ChefStable and chef Chris Israel (Gruner), promising California-influenced Mexican fare inspired by the "foods of [Israel's] youth." After unfavorable early reviews, the team switched-up the menu just one month in, before entirely revisiting the concept during a chef switch: Two weeks ago, Israel exited the project in favor of former Tabla chef Anthony Cafiero. The shutter marks the second shitshow to occupy the sprawling space (formerly home to the similarly short-lived Pinot American Brasserie); more information about Huffman's plans for the space as it becomes available.
· Corazon: RIP [Eat Beat]
· All Previous Corazon Coverage [Eater PDX]