St. Johns is in the midst of a serious culinary shake-up. Two St. Johns restaurants — vegan Indian essential The Sudra and low-key Italian spot 87th & Meatballs — have said goodbye to the neighborhood, leaving the once hopping culinary hub temporarily quiet.
On Lombard, the two businesses shared an outdoor seating space with The Garrison, one of St. Johns’ best (and only) cocktail bars. The outdoor courtyard was a hotspot for dining in west St. Johns, with locals ordering piles of lentil kofta and sipping amaro cocktails while neighbors played guitar at various picnic tables. The Sudra recently made Eater Portland’s guide to St. Johns, and the restaurant’s southern sibling holds a spot on Eater Portland’s essential restaurants.
Still, it wasn’t enough. First, the meatball shop closed June 7, announcing the decision to call it quits in St. Johns on Instagram; In the post, the restaurant assures its fans that both other locations — on SW Broadway and NE Glisan — remain open. Then, the Sudra followed suit on June 15, also choosing to retain its other location. The Garrison, having lost its main food vendors, decided to take a “staff vacation,” reopening later this week. None of the businesses have responded to requests for comment. Stay tuned for more information about the decision to close, as well as more information about who’s filling the two vacant spaces.
• The Sudra [Official]
• The Sudra closing announcement [Facebook]
• 24th & Meatballs [Official]
• 87th & Meatballs closing announcement [Instagram]
• The Garrison [Instagram]
• 11 Vital Restaurants in St. Johns [EPDX]
• Previous Sudra coverage [EPDX]