After rumors of its closure first surfaced late last week, E. Burnside Street's family-friendly Old Wives' Tales restaurant confirmed its permanent closure, shutting its doors for good after yesterday's service. The restaurant, which debuted in 1980, famously offered a vegetarian-friendly menu, soup bar, and colorful children's playroom where many of Portland's now-twentysomethings once spent many weekend days. According to a Facebook announcement:
After 34 years in business, we understand that the news of OWT closing is sad for many of you. At the same time, The Old Wife as Holly Hart likes to call herself, jokingly, is looking forward to the new beginning and adventures that come with retirement! Thanks to all of you who made it possible for us to serve the community for so many years, and to the many wonderful people who we had the privilege of working with, who made it all possible. If you'd like to keep in touch with us and be added to our mailing list, we're looking into coming out with a cookbook in the coming year.
No word on what may take over Old Wives' E. Burnside space; more as it becomes available.
· Old Wives Tales [Official site]
Photo of Old Wives' Tales courtesy Google Maps