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Mississippi Seafood Favorite Olympia Oyster Bar Is Now Closed

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A picture of the interior of Olympia Oyster Bar, with its oyster mural and wine case
Olympia Oyster Bar
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Here lies 2019’s restaurant, bar, and cafe closures, from the rotisserie counters to the live music hangouts. Stay up to date with this latest shuttered spots by bookmarking this page — Eater Portland will update it periodically until the year ends. Seen any dark storefronts in your neighborhood or long-winded goodbyes on your timeline? Tell us about it.


SOUTHEAST Trifecta Tavern & Bakery, the behemoth restaurant from Ken Forkish (Ken’s Artisan Bakery), will close December 31. The restaurant, known for its burger and croissant, will become a new restaurant from Las Vegas restaurant vets. [EPDX]

PEARL DISTRICT Byways Cafe, a Portland breakfast institution open for more than 20 years, closes at the end of 2019. The building has been for sale for two years, but the owners say they don’t have the resources to buy it themselves; now, it seems the owners have lost their hold on the space. [EPDX]

ST. JOHNS — Anna Bannanas, the old Portland coffee shop with locations in Northwest and North Portland, will close its St. Johns cafe when the year ends. According to a Facebook post, the owners say the proposed lease renewal was too high to justify staying open. [Oregonian]

MISSISSIPPI Olympia Oyster Bar, the seafood shop from chef Maylin Chavez, closed after service on December 16. The chef is looking for a new space with a larger kitchen, and will continue to do pop-ups at Nevør Shellfish Farm on the coast and Portland’s Function event space. [EPDX]

NORTH PORTLAND Blackbird Pizza has closed its North Interstate location. The pizzeria retains its location on Hawthorne. [EaterWire]

ST. JOHNS Bernstein’s Bagels, arguably the best bagel shop in the city, will close its original bagel counter on Lombard. According to an Instagram post, the building owner is not renewing the lease, which means the bagel cafe will close December 22. Bernstein’s still operates a location on North Russell. [EaterWire]

HOLGATE — Southeast Portland restaurant and bar Bird + Bear closed in December, though the announcement post doesn’t designate a reason. The team operates another restaurant, Toast. [EaterWire]

PEARL DISTRICT — Last month, On Deck, the Pearl sports bar known for its rooftop patio, announced that it would close for good on December 9. In a Facebook post, the sports bar’s owners said the current landlord “declined to work with us on a favorable lease extension.” However, the bar just announced that it has re-opened lease negotiations with its landlord, so it will no longer be closing — yet. Stay tuned for future developments. [EaterWire]

NORTH PORTLANDSweet Nothing, a Florida-themed bar on Albina, originally posted a note on its door saying the bar was “closed for summer break.” Although the note says customers should be able to return “in the fall,” the bar still has not reopened. The bar hasn’t posted on its Instagram since May, and the website doesn’t note any sort of closure. [EaterWire]


PEARL DISTRICTPearl Bakery, a longstanding bread and pastry staple, closed its shop suddenly on November 28. The bakery stopped supplying wholesale orders until December 10; the bakery has been a major restaurant supplier for more than 20 years. [EPDX]

ALBERTAVita Cafe, the longstanding vegan-friendly breakfast staple, closed in November for a redecoration and rename. The restaurant will reopen as Cafe Gertrude in early December, but the food menu will remain mostly the same. [Portland Mercury]

DOWNTOWN Eat Pizza, a SW Morrison pizzeria, closed November 24 after 15 years of business. The online announcement didn’t explain why the restaurant closed, other than “change is inevitable.” [EaterWire]

KERNS — Cider Riot closed its tap house on November 10, with a going away party on November 9. Owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong told the Oregonian that publicity over the political clashes at the cidery was not to blame, but the continued harassment by white supremacist groups did not help, and neither did the rising trend of alcoholic spritzers. Goldman-Armstrong hopes to keep the brand alive on shelves and in pubs after the tap room closes. [EPDX]

PEARL DISTRICT — Avid Cider, a cider company based out of Bend, closed its NW Portland taproom unexpectedly on November 1. The shop hung a sign saying that it was focusing on expansion. Avid fans can still find taprooms at Portland’s Washington Square, as well as in Bend. [Oregonian]


BUCKMAN — Coalition Brewing, a decade-old smaller Portland brewery, was bought by brand new brewery Gorges Beer Co., and was immediately shut down on October 31. The space will remain shuttered for a bit before transitioning into Gorges’ temporary brewery, before that, too, moves to Cascade Locks. [New School]

HOSFORD-ABERNATHY — One of the city’s few 24-hour establishments, the Southeast Grind was home to Reedies, industry workers, and other night owls looking for a caffeine buzz and a place to work or relax. Then it closed on October 26 after ten years of business; the owner reportedly had lacked a lease for the past few years, and the building had structural problems. [Oregonian]

NORTHWEST — Hem 23, a well-loved and relatively new Vietnamese restaurant on NW 23rd Avenue closed without warning on October 21. A sign hanging in the window thanks customers for the last two years of patronage, but offers no other explanations. The owners, so far, have not been reached. [EPDX]

WILLIAMS Lompoc Brewing stopped brewing beer and closed all of its North Williams locations on October 29. Lompoc, one of the old guard breweries from the ‘90s, has slowly been closing locations over the last few years; by November, the brewery’s Oaks Bottom Public House will transition into a standard neighborhood bar, pouring the last of the closed brewery’s beer. [EPDX]

DOWNTOWN — Rock Bottom Brewery has called it quits in downtown Portland. A sign on the door says the restaurant closed October 27, though no publications can get a clear answer as to why. Rock Bottom opened its Portland location in 1995. [Beervana, Oregonian]

BROADWAY — Lagunitas closed its charitable taproom, a space set aside for nonprofit events and fundraisers, with little notice last week. A representative from Lagunitas told New School that company decided to close the taproom to “shift resources that will allow (them) to support more communities across the country.” There were almost 40 events scheduled through the end of the year. [New School]

DOWNTOWNLittle Bird Bistro, Gabriel Rucker’s second restaurant, closed October 27. The downtown bistro originally opened in 2010, and was home to Portland greats like Arden chef Erik Van Kley and pastry chef Helen Jo. Rucker and partner Andy Fortgang have not released a reason for the closure. [EPDX]

ELIOT — The Bunk Bar location by the Wonder Ballroom has closed, but there wasn’t much of a lull: A new restaurant, owned by a former Bunk Bar manager, has reopened in its space. Former manager Josh Luebke and bartending vet Sierra Kirk-Luebke will keep on certain Bunk Bar favorites, like the smoked fried chicken and smoked beef sandwich. [EPDX]

ROSEWAY — One of Portland’s oldest Vietnamese restaurants has closed. Yen Ha, a restaurant known for its sprawling menu and weekend karaoke, announced on social media that the restaurant called it quits October 21. It’s still unclear why the owners decided to close the restaurant. [EPDX]

NORTHWEST — Kenny & Zuke’s Bagelworks, the Northwest Portland deli and bakery, closed October 20. Owner Ken Gordon says he decided to leave based on lease renewal negotiations, but it’s also worth noting that the company recently filed for bankruptcy. The bagel and pastry baking operations have moved to the downtown Kenny & Zuke’s location. [EPDX]

ST. JOHNSTwo Stroke Coffee, the motorcycle-themed North Portland cafe, closed its coffee shop October 18. The cafe has found a new location in Kenton at 2747 North Lombard, though it has yet to open. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWNOlympia Provisions’ Public House Annex, a sausage stand within downtown Portland’s Pine Street Market, closed after service October 6. According to Judiaann Woo, Olympia Provisions’ head of media relations, the company decided to close the location to “focus on their rapidly expanding retail and wholesale businesses.” Olympia Provisions still operates three restaurants, a food cart, and a kitchen within an Oregon City brewery. [EaterWire]


NORTHEAST — The 15th Avenue Hophouse, the second location of the Hawthorne Hophouse, closed September 29. The taproom had recently changed ownership, and after four break-ins over the last year, they decided it wasn’t worth the risk. [New School]

KERNS — Vietnamese-Cajun spot Tapalaya has served its last Crawfish Anh Luu, closing for good after service September 30. Owner Anh Luu decided to close the restaurant to mourn her mother, who died right around the time she opened the restaurant. The restaurant made news for its “phorrito” pop-up, and was a Kerns neighborhood favorite for dishes like jambalaya and crawfish etouffee nachos. [EPDX]

SELLWOOD-MORELAND — The Laurelwood Brewing location within Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood closed after service September 28. According to owner Mike deKalb, a proposed rent increase on the property was high enough to justify closing the brewpub altogether. The brewery still retains a location in Northeast Portland. [Oregonian]

PEARL DISTRICT — Henry’s Tavern, a restaurant and bar open for 15 years in the Pearl District, closed unexpectedly September 27. According to a former manager, no one received notice of the closure, learning of the decision during the afternoon of its last service. Something to note: Landry’s, a restaurant group that owns brands like Bubba Gump Shrimp and Chart House, purchased Henry’s owner Restaurants Unlimited days earlier; two Stanford’s locations — at PDX and the Lloyd Center — have also closed. [O]

FREMONT AND NORTH WILLIAMS — Johanna Ware’s beloved “inauthentic Asian” restaurant Smallwares has closed once again. Ware told the O, “I know I’m a good cook, I just can’t do it all on my own, and I thought this would be different. Every part of me was like, ‘don’t do this again.’” After her new partner left, all the restaurant’s responsibilities fell to her, and without enough traffic to be able to hire help, Ware wasn’t able to keep going. [The Oregonian]

ST. JOHNS Mama San Soul Shack has called it quits, shuttering on September 20. Its popularity as a neighborhood spot for delicious Asian-meets-Southern soul food, refreshing slushy cocktails, and a fun patio couldn’t quite make up for conflicts between the owners and a sleepy St. John’s neighborhood. [EPDX]

NORTHWESTKim Jong Smokehouse, the Korean-meets-American barbecue spot in Northwest Portland, closed in mid-September. The restaurant, specializing in barbecue bibimbap bowls, originally opened as a collaboration between Han Ly Hwang (Kim Jong Grillin), Earl Ninsom (Eem), and BJ Smith (Delores). Smith has been slowly shutting down all his restaurants excluding Delores; that being said, the Kim Jong Smokehouse location in Pine Street Market remains open. [EPDX]

VARIOUS — All of the Portland-area Lamb’s and Bales grocery stores will close, which includes locations in Aloha, Garden Home, Lake Oswego, and Cedar Mill. The company that owns Bales purchased all of the Lambs grocery stores in 2015, including the popular Lamb’s Thriftway, known for its inexpensive and creative bakery. While no one from Bales’ main office has officially commented on the closure, employees at the store confirmed that the groceries will close at various dates in October. [The Oregonian]

ST. JOHNS — Pattie’s Home Plate, a decades-old vintage diner/gift shop in St. Johns, is getting forced out in October. The owner of the building decided to sell, and the eponymous Pattie Deitz isn’t sure she wants to continue on in a new space at the age of 74. Anyone wanting to peruse the knick-knacks and grab some flapjacks should get in there soon. [Willamette Week]


HAWTHORNE — Hardcore health food restaurant Wholism closed August 25 “due to circumstances beyond our control,” an Instagram post reads. The restaurant lasted less than a year in its former location. [EaterWire]

SANDY — Tonic Lounge, a NE Sandy bar and venue, closed at the end of August. According to a post on the bar’s Facebook page, the building’s owners decided not to renew Tonic Lounge’s lease, possibly turning the space into a nursing home. The bar didn’t going quietly, however; the bar continued to host bands and throw parties until it closed at the end of the summer. [Portland Mercury]

INNER NORTHEAST — Ristretto Roasters has closed another of its coffee shops, leaving two left in the city. The coffee chain has been embroiled in controversy for the past year due to an owner’s series of YouTube videos, followed by a Twitter tirade and multiple op-eds. Despite her severing ties with the company, Portlanders don’t seem keen to support the chain anymore. [EPDX]

SELLWOOD — SushiLove, a vegan and gluten-free sushi cart, has closed its Piknik Park pod location and is working on a new permanent location in Oregon City. The Sellwood cart’s last day was August 24, but the sushi spot is now focusing on a mobile truck that will travel around the greater Portland area. The cart appeared on Eater Portland’s essential vegan food carts map. [EaterWire]

KILLINGSWORTH Daruma Sushi & Sake closed without announcement on Killingsworth, but the restaurant isn’t gone for good. “We’re going to be reopening in a different space and with a different formula,” says co-owner Andy Diaz. “When we come back, it’ll be a little more accessible.” The team is considering neighborhoods like Fremont and Greeley, but nothing is set in stone just yet. [EaterWire]

HILLSDALE Burger Stevens, the beloved burger cart that has since expanded to the Dig a Pony kitchen, has closed its original Hillsdale cart. Owner Don Salamone says he’s “actively looking for a more normal space (i.e. not a cart) [in] the SW Portland or Beaverton area.” Burger Stevens still has a cart at Pioneer Courthouse Square, as well as a new burger window at Dig a Pony. [EaterWire]

CULLY Cafe TBD, the American breakfast spot that opened in the abruptly closed Beeswing space, closed after only about a week open. Well, “it was fine while it lasted,” in the words of the restaurant’s Instagram post. Stay tuned for updates on this one. [EaterWire]

NORTHWEST — Northwest Portland grocery City Market closed its friendly neighborhood institution August 18. Without definitively attributing the closure to any particular cause, Kaie Wellman noted the difficulty of competing with major markets like Whole Foods and the convenience of online shopping. The market has been open since 1991. [Portland Monthly]

NORTHWESTThe Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop called it quits on August 10 in Northwest Portland. The Belgian beer bar closed its sister shop last year in an effort to consolidate, but owner Bristol Kelley says she’s now pursuing a new opportunity outside of the Abbey brand. The bar will become a tiki-style bar and taco shop. [Willamette Week]

CULLY Beeswing, a Cully-based brunch restaurant, closed August 6 after raising more than $70,000 to stay open. According to the couple that ran the restaurant, the owner decided that the restaurant should still close after the couple raised the money to buy the restaurant from him. He has since opened a different brunch cafe in the same space. [EaterWire]

BUCKMANCloudforest Chocolate, one of Portland’s favorite chocolatiers, closed its espresso bar and chocolate “manufactory” Monday, August 5. Cloudforest Chocolate is used by countless Portland chefs and brands, including Yonder’s Maya Lovelace and ice cream behemoth Salt & Straw. The chocolate brand should live on; owner and chocolatier Sebastian Cisneros plans to continue production elsewhere. [Portland Monthly]

FREMONT — Anchor End, the Polish-Hungarian cafe that opened on NE Fremont this year, closed August 4 after around seven months open. The cafe started as a pretzel truck in Vancouver, but owners Amanda Lewis, Jessica Rachon, and Corey Rachon wanted to open a cafe and bakery that specialized in the food of their childhood. The group has since closed both the cart and the restaurant, saying that they have “completely run out of resources.” Anchor End appeared on the Eater heatmap, the Eater cheap eats heatmap, and the Eater breakfast heatmap. [EaterWire]

MONTAVILLAThe Country Cat, a Montavilla institution for brunch and fried chicken, closed August 4. Owners Adam and Jackie Sappington posted the news via an Instagram post, which thanked diners for 12 years of memories but didn’t explain the reason for the closure. When asked why via email, the Sappingtons responded, “We are letting the dust settle on the news and, at this point, our IG post says it all.” [EaterWire]

VANCOUVER Top Chef contestant and restaurateur BJ Smith closed his new Vancouver hot dog shop, Smitty’s Original Coney Island, on August 2. Smith says he wanted to consolidate and focus on his other restaurant, Delores. The restaurant was open for four months. [EaterWire]

KERNS — Casual, eclectic Asian restaurant Wares closed in the Zipper, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Chef and owner Johanna Ware initially announced plans to close while searching for someone to take over her space. The restaurant closed for good August 1. [EaterWire]

WILLIAMS The Big Elephant Kitchen, an Indian restaurant on North Williams, closed without announcement at the beginning of August. The company managing the rental listing confirmed that the tenants have been out of the building since early August. Big Elephant has not responded to multiple requests for comment. [EaterWire]


DOWNTOWN — Duane Sorenson’s Holiday has closed, again, after trying to reopen in Southwest Portland. At first, the restaurant didn’t acknowledge the closure permanently, although both Yelp and Google reported the location as closed; in fact, on its last Instagram post, the comments section is filled with questions regarding the restaurant’s closure (the official account didn’t respond to any of them). Recently, Sorenson finally went public, admitting Holiday had, in fact, closed downtown. [EaterWire, The Oregonian]

PEARL DISTRICTPBJ’s Grilled, a Pearl food-cart-turned-restaurant specializing in decked-out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, has closed, according to the space’s new tenant. On a recent visit, the restaurant’s doors were locked during business hours and all signage had disappeared, but the restaurant hasn’t confirmed that it has closed via social media. It’s unclear if the restaurant will reopen elsewhere; calls to the restaurant have gone unanswered. [EaterWire]

PEARL DISTRICT — Cupcake Jones, the bakery chain specializing in cupcakes, has closed its Pearl location. If there was any warning of the closure, it’s hard to tell; the company’s Facebook page has disappeared, and nothing on the website indicates that the location has closed. The cupcake shop has yet to respond to requests for comment. [EaterWire]

KILLINGSWORTH — Autentica, the beloved Mexican restaurant from longtime Portland chef Oswaldo Bibiano, closed July 13 after 13 years in business. The restaurant was a hit for its enmoladas, pozole, and Mexican brunch; it also held spots on both Eater Portland’s brunch and Mexican food maps. [EaterWire]

FOSTER-POWELLFoster Burger, the rock-themed burger spot in Foster-Powell, closed July 7 after almost 10 years open. Co-founded by Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), the restaurant is now owned by prolific restaurant group Chefstable, who just sold the space to the neighboring Thunderbird. Chefstable’s Kurt Huffman attributed the decision to close to managerial changes and interest in opening new restaurants. Thunderbird will keep some of Foster Burger’s [Willamette Week]

NORTH WILLIAMS — Beloved bottle shop and beer bar Tin Bucket closed July 3, to transform into hot sauce shop Alefire. The bottle shop, near the corner of Fremont and Williams, originally opened in 2013. [New School]


INNER NORTHEASTBridgetown Bagels, the New York-style bagel company from alums of the long-missed Kettleman’s, closed June 23 in its NE Couch locale. The bagel shop started as a cart before opening the permanent location in 2016. The company said the shop may reopen down the line in a “more convenient location,” but there are no set plans to reopen at this time. They also said the food cart Bao Bao, currently located in the soon-to-close Alder Street carts, will reopen in the abandoned space. [EaterWire]

BEAVERTON — The fast-food chain Burgerville closed its location at 11900 SW Canyon Road June 16, weeks before its 50th birthday. A press release from the chain says “the building is near the end of its useful life,” making it easier to simply close the location as opposed to remodeling the space. Employees at the current location will have “the opportunity to reapply” to other locations. Two other Burgerville locations remain in Beaverton. [The O]

ST. JOHNS — 87th & Meatballs, the casual restaurant known for its pastas, polenta, and meatballs (duh), closed its St. Johns location June 7. It was soon followed by its neighbor, vegan Indian restaurant The Sudra. Both businesses have locations in different parts of Portland, and neither restaurant responded to requests for comment. [EaterWire]

TABOR — Tannery Bar, a Tabor neighborhood staple for cocktails and pub fare, closed suddenly June 6, announcing on Instagram that the building’s new owners intend to open a separate business in its place. Almost a year ago, the bar made headlines when a car crashed into the side of the building; otherwise, it was a favorite among the locals. [Portland Monthly]

DOWNTOWNChizu, the downtown Portland cheese bar designed like a sushi counter, closed June 2, transitioning into a pop-up at various breweries and wineries. Bougie s’mores company 1927 will open its first permanent shop in its place. Chizu’s sister cheese shop, Cheese Bar, remains open in Southeast Portland. [Portland Monthly]


HAWTHORNE Chiang Mai, the Northern Thai restaurant on Hawthorne, closed in late May. A statement on the restaurant’s page says the restaurant closed because the restaurant was “unable to obtain a new lease agreement with (the) landlord.” The restaurant, which was open for nine years, held a spot on Eater Portland’s Thai food map. [EPDX]

HOLLYWOOD — Neighborhood brewery Columbia River Brewing closed May 15, after almost 10 years in business. Beer geeks dig Columbia River for its Stumbler’s Stout, which won silver medals at both the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. The pub is offering $7 growler fills today, just in case anyone is looking for one last pint at home. [New School]

SELLWOODStraits Kitchen, the Malaysian food cart in Sellwood known for its fried chicken (inche kabin) and coconut curry noodle soup (laksa lemak), closed in early May. The cart was a critical darling for its take on Nyonya cuisine, referring to the dishes and culinary traditions of the Chinese immigrants in Malaysia. [EPDX]


WESTMORELAND — Iron Horse, the Southwestern restaurant on SE Milwaukie, closed in April after more than 30 years open. The restaurant didn’t give a reason for its closure, simply posting a Facebook announcement. “Over the years, Mark and I have enjoyed seeing families and people of all ages come in to enjoy our food,” the post reads. “We have seen parents with babies who are now grandparents and those babies are now parents. We have seen 1st dates and proposals that lead to marriages. Also, we have had long time patrons who are no longer with us and we remember them. We thank you all for your loyalty.” [EaterWire]

CAMASHey Jack, the Camas restaurant known for its former chef with Michelin chops, closed this spring. In an article for the Columbian, owner Don Riedthaler attributed the closing to a number of factors, including slow weeknights, the weekend reservation-only policy, even dress code confusion. The space is becoming a Hawaiian restaurant. [EaterWire, Columbian]

PRESCOTT Pok Pok Noi, the tiny Thai restaurant and bar on NE Prescott, became a Pok Pok Wing on April 18. Pok Pok mogul Andy Ricker said Wing’s business model made more sense for the Portland market and the space. [EaterWire]

VANCOUVERSmokehouse Provisions, the barbecue spot from Top Chef alum BJ Smith, has closed as he prepares to open Smitty’s Original Coney Island, a version of the restaurant his parents owned in Indiana. The Vancouver smokehouse was BJ Smith’s last American barbecue restaurant — he closed Smokehouse Tavern last fall. Smitty’s opened April 1. [EaterWire]


NORTH PORTLAND — Lung Fung, an old-school North Portland Chinese restaurant, will close after service March 17. According to the restaurant’s website, Lung Fung has been open since the mid-’60s, though Oregon’s online business filings only date back to 1988. It’s unclear what is next for the Lombard restaurant; the Facebook announcement hints at a future remodel for the space, as well as new owners — it’s possible Lung Fung may live again, in one way or another. [EaterWire]

PEARL DISTRICT — Legendary brewery Bridgeport has stopped brewing beer, closing its brewery and restaurant altogether on March 10. It’ll be hard to tell if that changed, however; although the original post and announcement claimed the business would remain open until next month, both the brewery’s website and Facebook page have been deleted. According to Beervana, Bridgeport was the second craft brewery to open in Oregon. [EPDX]

CRESTON-KENILWORTH — The Southeast Portland grinder shop Shut Up and Eat closed unexpectedly in early March, with no real explanation. The sandwich shop was known for its hulking meatball grinders, cheesesteaks, and breakfast sandwich. [EPDX]

NORTH MISSISSIPPI Jory, a pour-over coffee shop on North Mississippi, closed quietly this winter, with no real announcement excluding an Instagram post advertising equipment for sale in early March. The cafe opened just a year earlier, just as the pour-over craze was waning nationally; that being said, the cafe didn’t specify why it closed. [EaterWire]


DOWNTOWN Chez Dodo, the Mauritian food cart hawking stuffed dholl puri flatbreads and yakisoba noodles, closed downtown on February 28. Cart owner Shyam Dausoa has taken a job at LSG Sky Chefs, making food for multiple airlines out of its Portland location. The cart had been open for eight years. [EPDX]

PEARL DISTRICT Black Rock Coffee confirmed a tip that it would be closing its location in the Pearl District in late February. A member of the team told Eater that they were “honored to serve the Pearl district” but needed to close the location. Those looking for a cup of its coffee can still find it at its many locations across the greater Portland area. [EPDX]

HAWTHORNEScout Beer, a brewery with a number of creative beers infused with fruits and other ingredients, closed its original tap house on SE 10th and Hawthorne on February 19. Luckily, this in no way means the end of the brewery, as it’s simply switching focus to its tasting room at the Lot at Scout Beer, its own food cart pod on SE 50th and Division. Owner Joseph St. Martin is on the lookout for a new brewery space while making his beers at U-Brew and contracting with breweries for larger batches. [The New School]

DOWNTOWN — No Vacancy, the downtown club and cocktail bar on SW 1st, closed after its final shows February 19. Co-owner Rick Sheinin says the closure relates to a conflict between the No Vacancy team and its landlord; Sheinin says the property management company issued conflicting leases to different tenants within the building. The club may return as a series of pop-up parties. [EPDX]

ST. JOHNS — Chowdah, the North Portland chowder cart, seems to have closed within its home at the St. Johns Marketplace food pod. Other pod tenants says the cart closed in early 2019, and Yelp is reporting the location as closed. The cart was known not only for its clam chowder, but for its hearty cheesesteak. [EaterWire]

82ND — Steinhaus, the SE 82nd beer bar, closed at the end of February. The Germanic hangout will live on at Steinhaus’s sister bar, Roscoe’s. [EPDX]

NORTHWEST INDUSTRIAL — Continuing its tumultuous 2019, Ristretto Roasters closed its Northwest Portland location within Schoolhouse Electric February 5. Co-owner Din Johnson’s wife, Nancy Rommelmann, has been posting YouTube videos criticizing #MeToo activists, incurring significant backlash: Ristretto’s current and former employees released a letter of protest to the media, and grocery chains New Seasons and Market of Choice pulled Ristretto’s beans from its stores. The roaster still operates three cafes around town. [Portland Mercury]

BURNSIDEBurnside Brewing closed without announcement in early February. Documents circulated online suggesting management laid off all its employees with no warning, and the landlord’s legal team posted a notice of lockout on the brewery’s door, claiming “no payments have been made to the landlord in months.” [EPDX]

NORTH WILLIAMS — The British Overseas Restaurant Corporation, or BORC, has transformed into Fika, a cafe and co-op from the same owner inspired by Swedish-style teatime. The space also hosts events like wine tastings. Those who don’t remember BORC will likely remember its fraught original name, Saffron Colonial, which inspired protests based on its allusion to British colonialism. [EPDX]


CLINTON — Noho’s Hawaiian Cafe, a longstanding Portland spot for no-frills teriyaki and loco moco, closed its original location on SE Clinton January 31st. The restaurant will continue to operate at its NE Fremont location, and buzzy Filipino restaurant Magna will move into the SE Clinton space later this spring. [EPDX]

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Health-conscious Mexican restaurant Verde Cocina closed its Mississippi location January 27. Its three other restaurants remain open, and the closing restaurant’s employees will find new jobs at the other Verde Cocina restaurants. [EPDX]

ELIOT — Historic Oregon brewery Widmer Brothers closed its brewpub January 22, after 22 years of pub fare on N Russell. The brewery itself will remain open, producing its beers for cans, bottles, and taps. [EPDX]

MONTAVILLA — The legendary, devil-may-care sake bar Tanuki has officially closed, owner Janis Martin revealed on the podcast Right at the Fork January 24. The bar was known for its front door sign, which declared, “This is not a Japanese restaurant,” and, ironically, its food. [EPDX]

NORTH WILLIAMS — Brunch sensation Tasty n Sons officially closed Sunday, January 20, with a goodbye party to its original location. The restaurant will reopen as Tasty n Daughters next month in Southeast Portland. [EPDX]

FREMONT — Global restaurant and live music venue Perlot closed January 13 when its funding well went dry. Chef Patrick McKee, who was on Vitaly Paley’s winning Iron Chef team, originally opened the restaurant as a Southern restaurant, Southfork, before switching its schtick around its first anniversary. [EPDX]

GRESHAM — Pollos a la Brasa El Inka, a Gresham-area spot for Peruvian classics, announced its closure on Facebook January 6 with little explanation. The restaurant was a favorite among Portland’s professional diners and restaurant owners. [EPDX]