There’s one more establishment to add to the pile of restaurant closures that struck Portland this week, as downtown Italian spot Pazzo Ristorante shuttered earlier this week after 25 years downtown, according to the Oregonian.
At least this one (unlike numerous others) isn’t so dire, since it was known months in advance, and Pazzo will return in the spring — well, sort of. The restaurant that takes Pazzo’s space in Kimpton Hotel Vintage will have a new name, and the cuisine won’t change drastically — as Eater previously reported, it’ll be “old school New York Italian food”. Pazzo’s executive chef Kenny Giambalvo had been expected to return, but has moved onto another project, and the position is currently vacant.
Since Pazzo also served hotel guests, a kitchen on site will still offer room service breakfast and dinner (brunch instead of breakfast on weekends), and neighboring hotel lounge Bacchus Bar will also continue serving meals and snacks.
A second Kimpton Hotel restaurant in the city, Three Degrees, adjacent to the Kimpton Riverside Hotel, is also set to be replaced imminently with some sort of new, to-be-advised concept — but this is just a coincidence, since Three Degrees and Pazzo were run separately.
Pazzo’s website lists April as the likely reopening for the to-be-named restaurant.