A little over a year after its 2014 Portland debut, East Burnside's Waves of Grain bakery has unexpectedly closed and convoluted details are emerging. Owners Jason and Hillary Fargo's original Waves of Grain was in Cannon Beach. Since 2006, its traditional pastries and build-your-own sandwiches on house-baked breads made with Pendleton wheat quickly made it a citywide favorite; in fact, it is currently up for Willamette Week's Best New Restaurant award (and voting is still open). So what happened?
On June 9th, Waves of Grain announced that it's lease has been terminated by the landlord. The original message, as reported by PDX Food Dude, reads:
"In the beginning of June, our landlord locked us out of our space without notice and terminated our lease without cause. We had to weigh legal options and decided that getting out of the space with our equipment and personal property was the most logical way to go."
Waves of Grain has since replaced this message, and in its new message, the bakery confirms its eviction and vows to return better than ever. The bakery also says that those seeking to lend support can do so by voting for the bakery in the Willamette Week poll. Here's a snippet from the bakery's updated June 9th Facebook post:
"A devastating turn of events has now fallen upon the bakery. Often in business, landlords any tenants don't see eye to eye on things. Due to this, our lease has been unexpectedly and suddenly terminated, leaving Waves of Grain Bakery without a location. This is heartbreaking, to say the least. [...] We refuse to say goodbye. Instead, we say, 'See you later.' This forced hiatus will be the best thing for our business. We will keep you updated on our search for our new Portland location."
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