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Levant Is Closing; Will Fry Final Halloumi New Year's Eve

The modern Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant on East Burnside will shutter at the end of the year.

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Opened in 2013 by chef Scott SnyderLevant announced on Friday it will serve its final meal on New Year's Eve. Snyder had helmed the flames at Wildwood, and at his East Burnside restaurant, diners found wood-fired pita, fried halloumi drizzled with honey, spare ribs with date molasses, and a popular brunch with such dishes as Challah French Toast served with sweet labneh.

Despite positive reviews from the Oregonian and Thrillist, Levant told the Oregonian it wasn't busy enough to stay open. Snyder also told the O, "I'm not willing to sacrifice quality." The shuttering announcement comes amid closing announcements from several additional high-profile restaurants, including Gruner, Cocotte, and The Dime Store.

Here's the official message Levant posted on its website:

Thank You For Everything!

We're sad to announce that Levant will permanently close its doors at the end of the year.

Our goal with Levant was always to keep the quality of food and service at a very high level, and in this way and many others we feel Levant was a success. Thank you to everyone who supported us on this great journey.

We hope you'll come in and celebrate Levant this month before our last day, December 31st!

Be sure to use your Levant gift cards during Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Happy Hour from 5-6pm and 9-10pm Monday-Friday at the bar, and Dinner seven days a week from 5pm-10pm.

Reservations are encouraged and all existing reservations will be honored.

For reservations, please call Levant at 503-954-2322 or click here.


2448 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214 503 954 2322