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Here Are All 73 of Portland’s Noteworthy Restaurant Closures in 2017

A continually updated list of noteworthy cafes, bars, and food carts recently closed in Portland

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With some restaurants closing their doors just months after opening, the Portland food scene can be difficult to track. Use this list to stay up to date: It features all of the noteworthy Portland restaurants that have closed through December 31, 2017.

And if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of 2017 Portland restaurant openings, find it here. Or head to this guide to unearth 2016’s long list of Portland restaurant closures. Here are the Portland restaurants that’ve closed in 2017:

December 2017

PORTLAND’S OLDEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT—50-plus year-old Mexican restaurant The Original Taco House closed its doors unexpectedly on December 31. [EaterWire]

AT THE TOP OF ITS GAMEMuscadine will close after a strong three-year run on December 31. Chef-owner Laura Rhoman plans to hang up her apron permanently. [Oregonian]

YET ANOTHER POPULAR BREWERY—Founded in 2003 on North Mississippi Avenue before relocating to Washougal, WA, in 2013, Amnesia Brewing turned off the lights on December 1. [Brewpublic]

SELLWOOD SANDWICHES—Deli Feastworks closed just before Christmas, with an owner citing family as a key reason.

OLD-SCHOOL ITALIAN IN DOWNTOWN—Technically it will be happen on New Year’s Day 2018, but Pazzo Ristorante will end its 25-year run inside Kimpton Hotel Vintage, at 627 SW Washington. Fans of Pazzo executive chef, Kenny Giambalvo, won’t have to give up his pastas: Giambalvo will helm the kitchen inside the TBA restaurant replacing Pazzo. He will continue to focus on “old-school New York Italian food.” [EaterWire]

OX SISTER RESTAURANTOx chef-owners Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton had an incredible year, including winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. Now they’re replacing their one-and-a-half-year-old second restaurant, Superbite, after service on New Year’s Eve: Bistro Agnes will fire up in January 2018. [PoMo]

DOWNTOWN MUSIC BAR—Located at 225 SE Ash St. since 1994, Ash Street Saloon turns off the PA for good on December 31, 2017. [WWeek]

November 2017

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THREE-MONTH SHOCKER—The “old-school New York Italian restaurant” inside of the new Dossier Hotel, Omerta shuttered after just three months. The restaurant came by way of some heavy hitters in the Portland food scene, including Kurt Huffman. Soon after it closed, the CEO of Provenance Hotels, the group that owns the Dossier, was caught up in related controversy. [Merc]

NORTHEAST’S GOURMET DELIFoster & Dobbs sliced its last salami, at 2518 NE 15th Ave. [Portland Food and Drink]

PIONEERING BREWPUB—Located at 955 N Russell St., Widmer Brothers’ brewpub closed to make way for a streamlined taproom with a renewed focus on tastings, events, and brewery tours. A temporary taproom is currently operating in the venue, with the new taproom schedule to open spring 2018. [EaterWire]

INDIE COFFEE IN CRESTON-KENILWORTHKenilworth Coffeehouse pulled its last espresso shot at 3713 SE Gladstone St. [EaterWire]

LOMPOC HEDGE HOUSE—After 14 years in a little craftsman house at 3412 SE Division, Lompoc Brewery’s Hedge House Pub poured its final brew. [EaterWire]

N INTERSTATE IZAKAYA—Founded in 2009, Miho Izakaya closed shop at 4057 N Interstate. [EaterWire]

ICONIC OLD TOWN GAY BAR—One of Portland’s few remaining gay bars, Embers closed after 48 years at 110 NW Broadway. [EaterWire]

IRVINGTON GOURMET—Delicatessen Foster & Dobbs checked out of its 15th Avenue premises at the end of the month. [EaterWire]

October 2017

BURGERS AT THE OCEAN—Located in the Ocean micro-restaurant complex in Kerns, Slowburger grilled its last patty. Sister-establishment Slow Bar is still open and flipping, at 533 SE Grand Ave. [EaterWire]

MISSISSIPPI LOSES SUSHISamurai Blue shuttered at 3807 N Mississippi to make way for Oda Ramen, operated by the same owner. [EaterWire]

DARUMA SUSHI SHUTTERSDaruma Sushi and Sake closed at 3520 NE 42nd Ave. to relocate to 1640 NE Killingsworth St. [EaterWire]

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STANDOUT SOUTHEAST SEAFOOD SPOTTaylor Railworks fired its final Singapore chili crab after an impressive two-year run. Owners Erik Van Kley and Gabriela Ramos have added their talents to Accanto. [EaterWire]

WELL-REGARDED BREWERY—One of Portland’s most popular breweries, The Commons poured its last Farmhouse Ale at 630 SE Belmont St. Located inside The Commons, Cheese Bar spin-off Cheese Annex also closed. [New School Beer]

60-YEAR-OLD DIVE BAR—A 60-year-old dive bar known for its Elvis impersonators, Pink Feather Restaurant & Lounge put away its blue suede shoes for good at 14154 SE Division St. [WWeek]

KIMPTON’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT—One of the few spots offering dining-room views of the Willamette River, Three Degrees served its last plate inside Kimpton Riverplace Hotel. Executive chef Lauro Romero will continue to lead the new kitchen when it opens in 2018. [EaterWire]

SE DIVISION LOUNGE—Short-lived Black Dog Lounge closed after just six months in the former Sunshine Tavern venue at 3111 SE Division. [EaterWire]

TORTAS IN FOPO—After six years in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, Tortalandia closed on October 17. [EaterWire]

September 2017

SELLWOOD’S GO-TO SPORTS BARSkybox Pub & Grill owner Dennis Vigna threw in the towel after 18 years at 7981 SE Milwaukie Ave. Moreland Ale House is set to replace it. [EaterWire]

NEW PIEDMONT STATION FOOD CART—The all-vegan Whimsical Folly food cart opened with breads, cakes, salads, pizzas, and sandwich melts. Owner Vanessa Westmoreland says the cart will operate daily, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. [EaterWire]

CULTY VEGAN POP-UP—After closing the Cheese Plate PDX food cart, chefs Carina Rumrill and Nick Dickison launched plant-based Of Roots and Blooms, popping up at events and breweries and earning a huge following. In September, they said goodbye and moved to Vermont, but not before sharing their recipes and developing the menus at Capitol Bar. [EaterWire]

ALBERTA FOOD CART PODThe Cubby Hole food cart pod turned into a vacant lot at NE Alberta and 15th. Most of the carts moved up the street to the new Whale pod, while DesiPDX took off to join the carts at Mississippi Marketplace. [EaterWire]

VEGAN ROOT VEGETABLES—After just a few months, Baked Roots Bar abandoned its mission of serving vegan loaded fries inspired by the continents, at 970 SE Madison. [EaterWire]

August 2017

OLD TOWN BAR — Old Town’s Black Book bar is being replaced by a new music-centric bar called Maxwell. The project is being spearheaded by Eric and Karen Bowler of Tube, Fortune, and Revelry. [EaterWire]

The now-long-gone Schnitzelwich

SCHNITZEL CART — Iconic Czech food cart Schnitzelwich closed down in late-August. Owners Karel and Monika Vitek posted the cart for sale in May. In 2013, Bon Appetit wrote "There may be no better sandwich on the planet,” referring to the Tabor food cart’s Schnitzelwich. [Oregonian]

FOOD HUB CLOSURE — After 10 months of operation, food cart complex Cart Lab abruptly shuttered in August. Restaurateur Bo Kwon, who owns the Koi Fusion food cart empire, said that costly maintenance issues such as a broken gas line made it financially infeasible to continue with the lease. [EaterWire]

GASTROPUB AND SPORTS BAR — Bar franchise the Thirsty Lion Pub shuttered its downtown Portland location in August. The gastropub and sports bar at 71 SW 2nd Ave. will be replaced by Alderman’s Portland Tavern. Two additional Thirsty Lions continue to operate in Tigard and Hillsboro. [WWeek]

PIZZA CLOSURE — Atomic Pizza Hollywood will serve its final slice on October 28 and has already modified its hours. The restaurant opened in 2013 on 4144 NE Sandy Blvd. and also serves pizza through a window at the adjacent Hollywood Theatre. Unfortunately, the restaurant was not able to strike an agreement with the theater for a new lease. The company will continue to operate a location on North Killingsworth.

HONKIN’ HUGE BURRITOS — After 24 years of business, one of Portland’s original food carts Shelly’s Garden shut down its operations at Pioneer Courthouse Square on August 31. Known for its “honkin’ huge burritos,” Shelly’s at one time operated in 10 locations around the city. Owner Shelly Sorenson said that rising rents and construction coinciding with the launch of a new food cart pod in the area lead her decision to close. [EaterWire]

GOLF COURSE BAR AND GRILL — Ringside Hospitality Group let go of the Ringside Grill at Glendoveer Golf & Tennis club on August 30. Owner Craig Peterson said the restaurant didn’t really recover after the recession and also pointed to additional pressures from rising minimum wages, issues with front- and back-of-house tip sharing, the moves towards more predictable work schedules as leading to the closure. Another unspecified local restaurateur is expected to takeover the space. [EaterWire]

MEXICO CITY-STYLE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN — The flagship outpost of rotisserie chicken restaurant Pollo Norte closed its doors at 5427 NE 42nd Ave. in August after the owners were unable to extend their lease. Fortunately, customers can still get their quarter, half, and whole roasted chicken fix at the company’s location at 2935 NE Glisan. [EaterWire]

FOOD CART POD — Roughly 20 food carts are set to roll away from Tidbit Food Farm and Garden on October 8. The popular food cart pod located on Southeast Division and 28th Avenue opened in 2014 and was home to some of the city’s best food carts including Paper Bag Pizza. Tidbits lot has been sold for an as-of-yet-unidentified development. [WWeek]

PIZZA SHAKEUP — In an unexpected switcheroo, adored underground pizzeria Lonesome’s Pizza served its final slice inside Dante’s in July. The spot has since been replaced by a new New York-style pizzeria called Pizza Slut operated by the owners of the iconic dive bar. [WWeek]

July 2017

PUB AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE—A dive bar particularly notorious among Reedies, Pub at the End of the Universe called it quits after nearly 30 years in summer 2017. A recent visit revealed a sale-pending sign, which means someone else will soon own the shag carpeting and ‘70s-chic decor at 4107 SE 28th Ave. [EaterWire]

MISSISSIPPI DELIOregon Deli Company served its last Reuben after 2.5 years at 3560 N Mississippi Ave. [Eat Guide]

ATAULA FOLLOW-UP —In what’s sure to be one of the biggest surprise closings of 2017, Chesa turned off the ovens after a little over one year at 2200 NE Broadway. It came from big-time chef Jose Chesa (Ataula, 180), Portland’s preeminent modernist Spanish chef. Chesa and wife and business partner Cristina Baéz are still hosting paella Sundays and other fun and delicious events in the space, for now. [PoMo]

CRAFT COCKTAIL ICON—The nationally acclaimed Mint cocktail bar and neighboring 820 Lounge mixed their last drinks. Mint was founded by innovative bartender Lucy Brennan in 2001, and she’s now shaking cocktails select nights at Clarklewis. [EaterWire]

FEISTY LAMB’S FINALE—Opened in 2015 by Top Chef Season 3 contestant Micah Edelstein, The Feisty Lamb delivered its last slab of lamb bacon this July. [EaterWire]

BIWA’S PARASOL BAR—Last year, to celebrate 10 years in business, Biwa rebooted, vacating its original venue and moving to a smaller space within the same building, and it opened Parasol Bar in its original spot. Now, about 9 months later, Parasol Bar has closed and Biwa has moved back into its former space. [Oregonian]

CHINESE FOOD AND MICROBREWS—One of the most unique offerings in the Portland beer community, BTU Brasserie and Brewery called it quits after three years of serving Chinese plates and house-brewed beers at 5846 NE Sandy Blvd. [New School Beer]

RANCHER-OWN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSEPono Farm Soul Kitchen offered its broad menu of sushi, ramen, wagyu steaks, and other Japanese dishes for the last time on July 8, at 4118 NE Sandy Blvd. [EaterWire]

POPULAR BRITISH FOOD CART—The Kingsland Kitchen food cart put down its shutters and rolled away for good, but it’s downtown brick and mortar is opening soon. [EaterWire]

BREAKOUT CHICKEN SHACK—Backed by the Laurelhurst Market team, Big’s Chicken Shack was devastated by a fire just months after opening. The team vow’s to return and is currently serving an abbreviated menu in the Laurelhurst Market parking lot, but the original location is closed. [Oregonian]

June 2017

CRICKET CAFE—Popular Belmont brunch spot Cricket Cafe locked its doors without explanation. Fortunately, a neighbor put a note on the door to let people know they won’t be getting any bacon. [EaterWire]

EDDIE’S PIZZA ON N KILLINGSWORTH—Neighborhood pizzeria Eddie's Flat Iron Pizza tossed its last pie at 1233 N Killingsworth St. [EaterWire]

LIGHTS OUT AT LANTERN—The French-Vietnamese bar Lantern Lounge didn’t last seven months at 726 SE Grand Ave. — located next door to Kachka. But at least opening chef Adam Merlin is back at work at his original project, the Le Pantry food cart. [EaterWire]

A.N.D. SWITCHEROO—The long-running vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free waffle and hash spot didn’t close completely: A.N.D. Cafe just vacated its original venue and moved in with its sister restaurant, Off the Griddle, at 6526 SE Foster Rd., where it now serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch seven days a week. [EaterWire]

GOODBYE CYRIL’S—After five years, Cyril’s sliced its last wedge of brie at 815 SE Oak. The urban winery Clay Pigeon, which it shared the space with, moved several blocks away to Urban Crush, at 2025 SE 7th Ave. [EaterWire]

May 2017

ALL THE WAY HOME—In a shocker, six-time James Beard Award nominee Cathy Whims (Nostrana, Oven & Shaker) shuttered her pork-centric Hamlet in the Pearl District. [EaterWire]

BELLINO BOILS LAST NOODLE—After two years, Bellino Trattoria Siciliana closed after service on May 22, at 1230 NW Hoyt. [EaterWire]

Portland Penny Diner

PENNY DINER’S DEMISE—A godfather of Portland cooking, Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place, Imperial, Headwaters) turned off the burners at Portland Penny Diner only to open what already appears to be a ringer in its place: The Crown, serving New York-style pizza inside Hotel Lucia, at 410 SW Broadway. [Oregonian]

TOUCHE—This spot offered wood-fired pizzas and billiards for more than 20 years at 1425 NW Glisan St. But on May 14, Touché Restaurant and Bar locked the doors, vowing to return in a new home. [EaterWire]

FIRE AT REO’S RIBS—The barbecue restaurant Reo’s Ribs closed due to a fire. It’s owned by Reo Varnado, who is famously Snoop Dogg’s uncle, and he is working to rebuild and reopen in the same location. [KOIN 6]

April 2017

BROKEN HEARTS—Is this the fastest shutter in Portland history? In February, vegan burger spot Heart Bar replaced long-running vegan restaurant Portobello Vegan Trattoria. Then six weeks later, Heart Bar threw in the towel so vegan Middle Eastern-inspired Aviv could fill the space. [EaterWire]

THERE AIN’T NO SUNSHINE—Celebrity chef Jenn Louis sold Sunshine Tavern in fall 2016, and the SE Division restaurant and bar turned off its burners for good in April, replaced by Black Dog Lounge. [EaterWire]

THE COOP FRIES LAST BIRD—A top spot for fried chicken in Portland, The Coop served its final chicken and waffles and turned off the mini ferris wheel in North Portland, at 6214 N Interstate Ave. [EaterWire]

BREAKOUT FOOD CART—Don’t look for Ryan Ostler’s celebrated Southern barbecue-pan-Asian food at 530 SW Washington St., anymore: The breakout Jook Joint food cart packed up its things and rolled away in April. [EaterWire]

ST. JOHNS VEGAN STANDBYProper Eats and its neighboring vegan grocer closed shop at 8638 N Lombard Ave., after a 12-year run. [Oregonian]

March 2017

MI MERO MOLE 2.0Nick Zukin shuttered the SE Division location of Mi Mero Mole, the stringently researched Mexican restaurant, at the end of March, but his Old Town/Chinatown location is still there with its excellent guisados-style tacos. [WWeek]

ANOTHER DIVE BAR BITES THE DUSTThe Red Flag dive bar served its last Rainier tallboy after 10 years, at 344 NE 28th Ave. [WWeek]

HEADED BACK TO SEATTLE—Having taken Seattle by storm, Sunset Fried Chicken fired up the fryers inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer, at 3646 SE Hawthorne Blvd., in November 2016, only to pack up its things and return to the Emerald City five months later. [PoMo]


ANOTHER EPIC CLOSING—Portland’s Jenn Louis has national celebrity chef power, and she shuttered her flagship restaurant, Lincoln, after selling her sister restaurant, Sunshine Tavern. Known for its handmade pastas, Lincoln’s last day was April 30, 2017. Louis’s Israeli-inspired restaurant, Ray, took its place in May. [EaterWire]

February 2017

SINUS-CLEARING CHINESE LEAVES 82ND—One of the city's top Chinese offerings, Chongqing Huo Guo served its last hot pot at 8230 SE Harrison St. It’d opened in 2014. [EaterWire]

CHK CHK CHUTTERS—Opened with a philanthropic mission and a dream of making crave-worthy fried chicken sandwiches with quality ingredients, Chk Chk closed after a single year in Northwest, at 1305 NW 23rd Ave. It came from Aaron and Jessica Grimmer, the restaurateurs behind Barlow Artisanal Bar, The Picnic House, and High Noon. [EaterWire]

January 2017

SUSHI SWITCHEROO—Formerly called Hokusei, Fukami Sushiya sliced its final piece of sashimi, at 4246 SE Belmont St., but it’s since been popping up with 19-course sushi menus all over town. [EaterWire]

Club 21
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PORTLAND’S PERFECT DIVE BAR—A Portland institution, Club 21 poured its last drink at 2035 NE Glisan on January 15, 2017. It was beloved for its unique architecture (the structure was originally a Russian Orthodox Church and later looked more like debaucherous Snow White’s house); its build-your-own burgers; and its velvet-y artworks. [Mercury]

OLD-SCHOOL GERMAN—Beloved for its German food, drink, architecture, and yodeling accordion player in bundhosen, Der Rheinlander called it quits on New Year’s Eve. The family-friendly spot operated since 1963. [EaterWire]