Image of Beaker & Flask courtesy Avila/EPDX
Three weeks ago, Beaker & Flask owner Kevin Ludwig announced a temporary closure for his eastside bar and restaurant, saying that the restaurant would be taking a break to revamp the food menu into something "more simple." Now, after earlier rumormongering by FoodDude, Ludwig confirms that the Beaker & Flask shutter is permanent, effective immediately. Via an official Twitter message last night:
With some sadness, I do report that Beaker has, indeed, served its final drink. I had a great time & as always, Thank You for Drinking.
Beaker & Flask debuted in June 2009 as a long-stewing project by Ludwig and founding chef Ben Bettinger (who left the B&F kitchen in 2012 to open downtown's Imperial). The restaurant collected early accolades: three months after opening, WWeek crowned Beaker its Restaurant of the Year. No word yet on Ludwig's next move or future plans for the space; more information as it becomes available.
· Beaker & Flask [Official site]
· All Previous Beaker Coverage [Eater PDX]