Cozy bistro Park Kitchen will end its regular dinner service after this weekend, according to a Facebook post. The restaurant’s final night will be Saturday, October 27, though the restaurant will remain open as an event space for private dinners and pop-ups.
The move isn’t surprising—the restaurant owes about $1 million to previous employees, thanks to a wage theft and wrongful termination lawsuit; since then, Park Kitchen’s future had been uncertain. Outside of its recent legal trouble, the 15-year-old restaurant will be remembered as the one-time home of several prominent Portland chefs, including Joel Stocks (Holdfast Dining) and Kevin Ludwig (Wildwood). The casual bistro and cocktail bar’s closure is sure to be disappointing to the many fans of its innovative American cuisine.
Correction: This story has been corrected to show that Jason Barwikowski did not work at Park Kitchen.
• Park Kitchen [Official]
• Facebook Announcement [Facebook]
• Park Kitchen Will Pay Close to $1 Million for Wage Theft [EPDX]
• All Previous Park Kitchen Coverage [EPDX]