As several astute tipsters have pointed out, not a creature has been stirring in Old Town's Ping space, which closed on January 1 of this year pending an interior revamp and menu shake-up. As previously reported, the restaurant was actively seeking a new chef/partner (founding chef Andy Ricker departed in late 2011 to open Pok Pok Ny), and the tentative renovation schedule had Ping re-opening to the public, new partner in place, by spring of this year.
According to co-owner Kurt Huffman (of ChefStable), Ping still has plans to re-open, but with an unknown timeline:
"When we closed Ping for remodel, we realized that the future of Ping was now part of a larger conversation regarding the developments of Chinatown. Right now, we don't have an opening date to announce — we are working diligently to reopen our doors."
UPDATE: Huffman adds that Ping was in extended talks with an out-of-town chef to bring his concept to Portland, and the re-opening incurred delays when those talks fell though. Huffman says that he does expect to be open this year — "probably by September." More as it becomes available.
· Ping [Official site]
· All Previous Ping Coverage [Eater PDX]