The rancher-owned Pono Farm Soul Kitchen will close after service on July 8, with weekend brunch ceasing immediately, the restaurant tells Eater by email. Pono Farm’s Bend-based butcher shop and ranch, as well as its station at the PSU farmers market, will remain unchanged and in operation.
Co-owners Shin and Ted Nakato opened the Pono Farm Soul Kitchen restaurant at 4118 NE Sandy Blvd. in July 2014, promising "Japanese soul food," from sushi to steaks of wagyu beef. In 2015, it received a positive review from the O’s Michael Russell, who described it as offering “something for everyone” — even adding, “Hats off to the kitchen for juggling so many different influences, on such a large menu, with so few misfires.”
More recently, in 2016, the restaurant hired a new chef and added an all-new menu, which helped it crack the Eater PDX Portland ramen map. You can still get inside for one final taste. In its farewell, the restaurant writes:
We would like to thank all the guests that have dined and supported us over the last three years. The restaurant will remain open for normal dinner hours, Tuesday through Sunday, until July 8th.