It’s been three weeks since the chaotic week of restaurant closures that claimed everything from Harvest at the Bindery to the Original Taco House — now you’ve recovered, here’s another batch.
— After four years and change, the Portland tasting room for southern Oregon winery Tesoaria (sometimes written as TeSoAria) has called it quits — owner John Olsen explained the closure in a Facebook post, citing issues with the N Williams building and increased travel time from the winery’s Roseburg home to Portland. Yet Olsen suggests it’s not the end of Tesoaria in the city: another N Williams space has been located for “events, brunches, dinners and pickup parties” (no word on whether it’ll be permanently open or just pop-ups), and he also writes that he’s on the lookout for another permanent location in Portland.
— Just down the street, bakery Philippe’s Bread is...gone? Well, it’s unclear — the bakery has been renamed Dos Hermanos, and an Eater tipster notes that contractors were on the premises doing some work. Yet Dos Hermanos seems to have adopted Philippe’s Yelp page and has kept the same phone number, although nobody picked up to reply to Eater’s questions. In the words of that tipster: “where is Philippe?”
— N Mississippi batter-beaters Flapjak Creperie are permanently closed (after a brief closure and reopening late last year) — after ten years the owners sold the business. They also left an utterly charming farewell note.
— Downtown Japanese comfort food spot Kalé quietly closed up a few weeks ago, but the curries and chicken cutlets aren’t gone forever: the restaurant is searching for a new location, with a preference for something near the spot they left on SW Morrison.
— It finally happened: mainstay Greek diner the Overlook dished up its last very big cinnamon roll on Sunday January 21, as was expected. Owners Jim and Jane Sassalos sold the 43-year-old restaurant, and its planned replacement is not exactly surprising: condos.
— The Portland Mercury reported on a double-whammy of Alphabet District closures: barbecue spot Slabtown Ribs and BBQ is gone, as is The Gold Tex Mex Bar & Grill — both closed for maintenance but never made it through to reopening.
— PSU student newspaper the Vanguard reports that the Portland Soup Company will be quitting the university-adjacent food cart pod on SW 4th this May. Soup slinger and owner Jeremy Davidson is planning to open a full-service restaurant in Pacific City instead.