Today, the Portland Food and Drink blog announced that Pastini Pastaria will close its Nob Hill location at 1506 NW 23rd Ave., a block from St. Jack. The local Pastini mini-franchise still has five Portland-area locations, as well as locations in Corvallis and Bend, and it has been filling Portland's need for cheap pasta since 2001. The NW 23rd Pastini will shutter at the end of January, and this leaves a large restaurant space available in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods.
The full message from owners Kara Hale and Susan and Craig Bashel also announces a forthcoming Eugene location and said that Pastini is exploring expansion outside of Oregon, specifically, to Salt Lake City:
It's been a great 15 years for Pastini at our location on NW 23rd , however we have decided not to renew our lease there. With three other locations in Portland, as well as our restaurants in Bridgeport Village and Cedar Hills Crossing, we feel that five Pastini's are just the right number for the Portland metro area. This was a driving force in our decision not to renew.
While we'll regret not being in the Nob Hill district any longer, we feel certain that our restaurants nearby on SW Taylor downtown and NE Broadway will be great options for our loyal cadre of Pastini fans in NW Portland. And they'll probably run into some familiar faces as our staff at Pastini on 23rd will all be offered positions at another Pastini.
We also have some very exciting news. We have just signed a lease for a new Pastini in Eugene, at the beautiful Oakway center there. For many years we've thought that Eugene would be a great place for our food, but the perfect location wasn't available. Now we've found it in a new hotel/retail complex being built at Oakway, Eugene's premier shopping center. Construction will begin in June and we project an opening date of October 1st.
Plans are also underway for future Pastini expansion outside of Oregon. We are in discussions with a new shopping center in Boise, and we are also looking at Salt Lake City as another great market for us. We're tremendously excited about the future of Pastini!
Over the next few weeks, we'll still be cooking up delicious classic pastas at Pastini on NW 23rd, before we close at the end of January. Hope to see you soon!