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Singapore Chili Crab Hotspot Taylor Railworks Is For Sale

Little Bird alum Erik Van Kley is switching gears

Look Inside Taylor Railworks, Now Open In Inner-SE
Taylor Railworks
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Taylor Railworks has just announced by press release it’s on the market, but the restaurant will continue regular dinner service while it sorts things out. Interested parties can contact co-owner Gabriela Ramos at

The restaurant has been one of the most exciting to open since 2015, serving new American plates by Erik Van Kley, the former chef at Gabriel Rucker’s Little Bird Bistro.

It opened its doors at 117 SE Taylor St. in September 2015, and initial reviews were mostly positive, often highlighting its seafood focus. The O’s restaurant critic Michael Russell then gave it 2.5 stars, saying Taylor Railworks had both “must-try” dishes and “room to improve.” After its first year, Eater PDX named Taylor Railworks’ crab in sweet chili sauce one of the top 25 iconic plates in the city.

In the press release, owners Van Kley and Ramos say they are “actively seeking” a buyer to take over the location. Ramos adds, “With nearly 50 years worth of professional experience working in restaurants between us, Erik and I realized that we’re ready to see a little more of the outside world and maybe even dine in someone else’s restaurant for a change.”

But for now, dinner remains unchanged: Taylor Railworks is open seven days a week for dinner, from 5 to 10 p.m., for one last taste of its food, as prepared by chef Van Kley.

Taylor Railworks

117 S.E. Taylor St., Portland, OREGON (OR) 97214 Visit Website