Yet another Portland institution will be closing as the year ends: The Oregonian broke the news that the longstanding French bistro Bar Avignon would have its final night of service on New Year’s Eve. So far, no one has given a reason for the closure.
Husband and wife duo Randy Goodman and Nancy Hunt opened the bistro in 2008 on Division Street, where it quickly became a community staple due to its rustic French menu, exciting European wine list, and friendly, neighborhood vibes. Sadly, Goodman passed away in 2018. A heartfelt newsletter sent out this weekend expressed gratitude towards the team, the community, and Goodman, reading,
Over the years, many people have worked tirelessly with us to create this wonderful restaurant and we are proud of what they have accomplished. For all of these people we are grateful. It would not have been possible to come this far without them… Or without you. Our friends. Our family. Thank you and thank you again for choosing to share your special occasions with us... And we are honored to have known our dear and sweet co-founder, Randy, and to be a part of his legacy. Bar Avignon was his pride and joy; a dream fulfilled.
So far, the team has not given a reason for the restaurant’s closure, but this article will be updated with any new information. Bar Avignon closes after service on December 31, as does Trifecta Tavern.
- Bar Avignon [Official]
- Southeast Portland’s Bar Avignon to close after New Year’s Eve [The O]
- All Previous Bar Avignon Coverage [EPDX]
- 2019 Bar and Restaurant Closures [EPDX]