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After Seven Years, Southeast Portland Favorite The Woodsman Tavern Will Close This Weekend [Updated]

This Southeast Portland standby will serve its last country ham December 1

A plate of ham, bread, and pickles on a plate.
The Woodsman Tavern’s country ham and house rolls
The Woodsman Tavern/Facebook
Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

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.

It is with heavy hearts to inform you that our last day of service will be Saturday, December 1st. We are very appreciative of all your support and love throughout the years.

Posted by The Woodsman Tavern on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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.

The Woodsman Tavern

4537 Southeast Division Street, , OR 97206 (971) 373-8264 Visit Website