Wild Abandon has been a staple of the Buckman neighborhood since 1995, but according to a Facebook post the restaurant wrote on Sunday afternoon, the casual, quirky diner known for its charming patio and eclectic decor will be no more as of February 28.
The owners were not explicit to the reason of the closing, but wrote, “Dear Friends, The fat lady is warming up her pipes on stage left. Alas, we must bid you ado. Over the past 23 years, many of you have become members of the Wild Abandon family. We’ve shared countless milestones with you along the way and loved every minute of it. We’ve seen you through your first date. We’ve participated in various creative endeavors to help you propose (thankfully, that has not included baking the ring into a dessert; contrary to popular belief it never ends well). We’ve watched your child go from car seat to bar seat. We hope you can make it in before we close forever on the eve of Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Whether we see you or not, thank you very much for your loyal support over these many years. It’s been a hell of a Wild ride! Michael & Crew”
Wild Abandon was often declared “unpretentious”, and wore its quirky, retro vibe proudly, fitting right in with the Southeast Portland community. With its shuttering, restaurant joins the ever growing list of Portland institutions closing in the past years, many of which were independently owned, such as Veritable Quandary and Embers.
Eater PDX has reached out to the owners for a statement, and will be updating with new information as it comes out.
- Wild Abandon [official site]