Oregon’s air quality has hit levels higher than any other major city in the world, according to the air quality tracker IQAir. The Department of Environmental Quality currently reports that the city’s air quality is around 325 AQI, or air quality index — in other words, the air is officially “hazardous,” which could negatively impact even the healthiest individuals who spend too much time outside. Seniors, individuals who are pregnant, and those with asthma are at higher risk.
For that reason, many Portland restaurant owners and food carts have closed their outdoor dining areas, but some are going even further by closing altogether to avoid causing too much harm to their employees and themselves. Of these, certain businesses are going dark through the weekend, to play it safe. Below, find a list of restaurants and bars that are staying closed today. Know of another restaurant staying closed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. This story will be updated.
Closed Friday, September 11:
Eem (at least for lunch service; will update with dinner later today)
Fried Egg I’m in Love (Mississippi and Pioneer Place)
808 Grinds (Gigantic)
Nossa Familia (Pearl District)
Closed All Weekend (Until Monday, September 14):
Bae’s Chicken (Both locations)
NoPoBoys (potentially reopening September 13)
Holy Trinity BBQ (Open today, closed Saturday and Sunday)
Gabagool (Closed Friday and Saturday)