The Woodsman Tavern, Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson’s grand dame on SE Division, will close doors after service on December 1. Earlier this month, The Oregonian reported that the restaurant would shutter before the year ends, but a Facebook post on the restaurant’s page announced that the final day of service will be this coming Saturday. Woodsman was once home to several notable Portland culinary minds, including Top Chef finalist Doug Adams, Coquine’s Katy Millard, and Olympia Provisions alum Jason Barwikowski.
Sorenson told the paper that he simply had other priorities, namely his current health food restaurant Holiday and his new coffee brand, Puff. Sorenson, who once owned Ava Gene’s, told Portland Monthly that a personal transformation — switching to a vegetable-heavy diet — inspired him to switch up his cafe. That’s quite the contrast to the crispy fried chicken and monstrous cheeseburger of the Woodsman menu. No word yet on where Woodsman’s current chef Andrew Gordon is headed next.
John Gorham’s popular restaurant Tasty n Sons will fill the restaurant space next year, after the original N Williams restaurant closes. The restaurant will change its name to Tasty n Daughters and update its menu with house-made pastas and various dishes collected on a recent trip to Istanbul.
Update: November 30, 2018, 10:40 a.m.
This story has been updated to include the new closing date for the Woodsman Tavern, as well as information about the restaurant filling its place on SE Division.