50 pandemic-time dining establishment closures that altered Rose city eating permanently

50 pandemic-time restaurant closures that changed Portland dining forever

On the mid-day of March 17, 2020, after that Gov. Kate Brown bought all Oregon dining establishments and also bars to shut their dining-room, restricting food sales to takeout just. It was anticipated to last 2 weeks. A month at one of the most.

Specifically 3 years later on, Rose city’s eating scene has actually altered permanently. A number of the city’s trademark dining establishments — Paley’s Area, Pok Pok, Toro Bravo — have actually shut completely, their cooks moved to various other cities, states or nations.

That doesn’t suggest it’s all ruin and also grief. As we composed in our overview to Rose city’s ideal brand-new dining establishments of 2022, a number of the city’s vacant stores, also noticeable ones, have actually been loaded by “previous food carts and also travelling pop-ups, small companies pleased to approve pleasant terms on a formerly unattainable address.”

And Also several of one of the most unusual closures became momentary. Abyssinian Cooking Area and also Akadi, our finest East and also West African dining establishments, specifically, resumed in brand-new places. Ava Genetics’s, the hyper-seasonal Italian dining establishment, will certainly hold its very first solution tonight after a prolonged respite. Piled Sandwich Store is virtually back, albeit in a co-shared area. Nodoguro — Rose city’s ideal dining establishment, in my current evaluation — located a brand-new house.

Yet with the closure’s three-year wedding anniversary upon us, it’s time to recall at several of the pandemic-time dining establishment closures that remain to bring us discomfort. For this checklist, we put together greater than 50 dining establishments and also bars, concentrating mainly on areas that were open prior to the pandemic, and also didn’t consist of any kind of — like Sellwood’s just recently shut Either/Or coffee shop — that had 2nd places.

Below are Rose city’s 50 most agonizing pandemic-time dining establishment and also bar closures:

Louisiana-style bar-b-que shrimp with lemon, gewurztraminer and also black pepper at Northeast Rose city’s Acadia.


We’ll permanently long for the bbq shrimp at this Irvington treasure, Rose city’s ideal Cajun/Creole dining establishment for a lot of its run.


This Barcelona-style tapas bar from Michelin-trained cook Jose Chesa never ever attempted to suit right here, and also we expanded to enjoy it anyhow. When I last placed Rose city dining establishments in 2019, Ataula was available in at No. 2, and also it would certainly have had a great chance on top area the following year.


Made even more agonizing after Aviary cook Sarah Pliner, that was working with an Aviary follow-up called Carte Postale, was eliminated while riding her bike last October.


Vegans still grieve the loss of this Israeli dining establishment and also its numerous hummus variants.

Bailey’s Taproom

A craft beer nerd’s desire bar.

Bar King and also its bakeshop

Opened up days prior to the closure, Bar King and also its excellent surrounding bakeshop (from future Fills founder Katherine Benvenuti) never ever had an opportunity. Yet those that consumed their early still bear in mind several of cook Shaun King’s Japanese-influenced recipes.

Bark City BBQ/Holy Trinity

Together with Matt’s barbeque and also Botto’s, these 2 carts were amongst the major factors Texas Month-to-month publication composed that “Rose city has the most effective Texas Barbeque scene outside.”


Naomi Pomeroy won a James Beard Honor for her operate at this salon-style dining establishment, with its homestyle French food preparation and also common tables. Migrant, bench Pomeroy opened up with other half Kyle Linden Webster, stays open nearby.

Biba Chamoru Cooking Area

A Few Of one of the most remarkably pleasing brewpub food in Rose city was located at this Guamanian dining establishment at Oakshire Developing’s Rose city bar.

Bijou Cafe/et al

Morning meal dining establishments were struck hard by the pandemic, with very early closures consisting of Helser’s, Arleta Collection Coffee Shop and also Ornament. Yet Bijou, which lasted greater than 40 years in Old Community, was the one I’ll miss out on one of the most, not simply for its durability, however, for its well-turned omelets and also regularly cozy friendliness.

Diner Agnes will certainly not resume, suggesting you have actually currently missed your last opportunity to attempt Rose city’s ideal cassoulet.

Diner Agnes

Ox cooks Greg Denton and also Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton took a while to identify what to do with this midtown Rose city dining establishment — that keeps in mind SuperBite? — yet this delicately raised restaurant wound up being a much better fit.

Le Diner Mosaic

What are the opportunities Rose city sees one more New Orleans-inspired dining establishment with oyster shooters and also spicy mac and also cheese offered up until 4 a.m. by stewards in crazy researcher clothing? Don’t hold your breath. The area is reported to be the future house of a transferred Doug Fir Lounge.

Beech Road Parlor/Brasa Haya

The sibling and also last residue of Northeast Rose city’s precious Tiga Bar shut throughout the pandemic, ultimately resuming as Brasa Haya, an enthusiastic tapas dining establishment from previous San Francisco cook Ian Muntzert. Brasa Haya enclosed 2022.

Beetroot Delicatessen

An additional dining establishment that didn’t have much of an opportunity to obtain its sea legs, Beetroot Delicatessen opened up in August 2019. The contemporary Jewish delicatessens enclosed 2020.


It was no more on the reducing side of Rose city eating, yet it continued to be a useful unique celebration area in the Pearl Area many thanks to its extravagant dining-room. The area is currently house to Janken, a preferred brand-new Japanese-Korean blend dining establishment.


I discovered more regarding top quality delicious chocolate throughout one browse through to Cacao than I did throughout 12 years of technique or dealing with for Halloween sweet.

Steve Jones taking care of among the numerous cheese at his Southeast Rose city store, Cheese Bar.

Cheese Bar

If I can swing a magic stick and also restore simply among these areas, it would certainly be Steve Jones’ precious cheese store and also sandwich bar.

Ciao Vito

Not just did Vito DiLullo hold back this Northeast Alberta Road area with top quality food for virtually 20 years, it likewise offered a launching pad for various other neighborhood cooks, consisting of Ataula’s Jose Chesa.

Clyde Common

Rose city’s coolest dining establishment for much of its very early run formally called it gives up in 2015.

Holdfast Eating

The even more time passes, the a lot more I value Will certainly Preisch and also Joel Supplies’ disrobed method to great eating, maybe the only means to run an enthusiastic dining establishment in Rose city nowadays.


Rose city’s kid-friendly dining establishment scene is a desert. In very early 2020, then-Bullard companions Jen Quist and also Doug Adams attempted to make one occur, finish with a good pleased hr, game, Televisions revealing sporting activities and also a sugary foods store following door.

Imjai Thai

There’s a pad Thai omelet-sized opening in my Thai takeout turning given that this family-run dining establishment shut.

Irving Road Cooking area’s Sarah Schafer and also Anna Caporael took place to open up an Italian food hall, La Cooperativa.

Irving Road Kitchen/Cooperativa

A large bargain when it initially opened up, Irving Road cook Sarah Schafer and also basic supervisor Anna Caporael would certainly take place to open up Cooperativa, a market/restaurant/cocktail bar crossbreed intending to be a small Rose city solution to Eataly. Regardless of regularly delicious food and also beverages, Cooperativa shut in 2015.

Kargi Gogo

Where to go with my khachapuri and also khinkali repair since this Georgian food cart transformed dining establishment has shut?

Kenny & Zuke’s

Yes, it resumed with a stripped-down, bagel concentrated food selection on North Williams Opportunity. Yet the initial delicatessens’s closure notes completion of a pastrami-filled age for Rose city’s West End community


A really unique dining establishment that opened up prior to the pandemic and also never ever located its ground, in spite of faithful regulars, Malka enclosed February.

Mi Mero Mole

Proprietor Nick Zukin’s closing news created dispute, yet his guisado tacos, burritos and also margaritas had a lot of followers throughout the dining establishment’s run, initially in Southeast Rose city, after that Old Town/Chinatown.

Ned Ludd

Currently house to Coffee shop Olli, No. 2 on The Oregonian’s overview to Rose city’s ideal brand-new dining establishments in 2015, Ned Ludd and also its wood-fired food selection had an excellent long term in Northeast Rose city.


A strong ramen store in its very own right (currently house to the excellent Wu-Rons), Noraneko was likewise the last staying web link to Biwa, Rose city’s precious 2000s-era below ground izakaya.

Kimberly and also Vitaly Paley in 1995.

In 1999, Paley’s Area dining establishment proprietors Kimberly and also Vitaly Paley informed The Oregonian they would not have an effective dining establishment without their committed personnel.

Paley’s Area, 1204 NW 21st, has actually been a routine amongst The Oregonian’s selections for ideal dining establishments.

– The Chairman Daryl Olson, left, honors Vitaly Paley, cook and also proprietor of Paley s Area, with the Rose city Iron Cook honor in 2002.

In 2009: On Wednesday evenings, Paley’s Area supplied casual yet themed white wine samplings. One of the most current sampling was labelled: “fourth Fight of the Heavyweights: Bordeaux vs. Barolo.”

Rose city foodies, Mike and also Fall Colbach delight in supper on the veranda of Paley’s Area in 2011.

Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity.

Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity.

Rose City, Oregon- 06/22//2011 – Cook Vitaly Paley takes a breath the scent of Chehalis River sturgeon provided to his dining establishment Wednesday by Sonny Davis of the Quinault people. Paley claims the fish Davis provides is the most effective and also best there is.

Vitaly Paley’s dining establishment Imperial is received 2012.

Vitaly Paley (revealed right here in 2016), the James Beard Prize-winning cook behind Northwest Rose city’s Paley’s Area and also midtown’s Imperial, supplied a sneak peek of his brand-new Russian Tea Solution at The Heathman Resort.

In 2016, Vitaly Paley (facility) and also his group that opened up Headwaters at The Heathman consist of executive cook Ken Norris (left) and also basic supervisor Garrett Peck.

Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity. Stephanie Yao Long/Staff LC- The Oregonian

Paley’s Area dining establishment at 1204 N.W. 21st in Rose City. Eating on the veranda at Paley’s.

Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity.

Dessert Corn Ushki: Smoked Monkfish, Chanterelles, Tomato Butter. Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity.

Lamb Cheese Pelmeni: Environment-friendly Beans, Pickled Summertime Squash. Paley’s Area, developed in 1995, lies at 1204 Northwest 21st Opportunity.

Paley’s Area

Vitaly and also Kimberly Paley closed down every one of their Rose city dining establishments early in the pandemic, consisting of not simply Paley’s Area yet likewise Imperial, The Crown, Headwaters and also Rosa Rosa, after that relocated to Hawaii. Yet the fine-dining front runner in a transformed Northwest Rose city Victorian is the one Portlanders will certainly miss out on one of the most.

Pok Pok

Back in 2020, I was really a lot more ecstatic regarding Sound Yang Pow, a little, just-opened dining establishment over Pok Pok NW that Pok Pok proprietor Andy Ricker had actually constructed as a phase for cook Thanyawan “Thanya” Kaewket. Yet in regards to large effect, that dinner club had absolutely nothing on Pok Pok, among one of the most significant dining establishments in Rose city background. R.I.P. Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings.

Random Order Pie Bar

Prior to the surge of Lauretta Jean’s, Random Order and also Bipartisan Coffee shop were the best coffee shops for Portlanders looking for excellent pie.


When Rose city’s ideal pasta dining establishment, the beautiful dining-room at The Oregonian’s 2015 Dining establishment of the Year will certainly quickly be house to a brand-new wood-fired Oriental bbq dining establishment from Han Oak proprietors Peter Cho and also Sunlight Youthful Park. Renata itself survives with a line of icy pizzas.


Outstanding fish and shellfish offered in a semi-hidden area, initially in Southeast Rose city, after that midtown. The 2nd area off Southwest Broadway area is currently house to Tercet, a brand-new fine-dining dining establishment from Roe’s last cook, John Conlin.

The Roxy

Enjoyable truth: The Roxy was really the very first Rose city dining establishment I ever before went to while on a trip with good friends in my late teenagers. That experience, and also the Portland-set funny “Bongwater,” led me to think that all Rose city restaurants offered milk from infant containers with the nipple area trimmed on top.


An additional traditional morning meal area, this set from the Brooklyn community, was understood for its corned beef hash.


Like Bluehour, this Oriental blend dining establishment wasn’t on top of numerous restaurants minds nowadays, yet it did have an excellent long term on Southwest Broadway, consisting of functioning as the very first Rose city pick up future Separation (and also currently Kann) cook Gregory Gourdet.

Seastar Bakery/Handsome Pizza

This unusual restaurant and also bakeshop crossbreed last fed their wood-fired stove on Northeast Killingsworth Road in 2015. It’s currently house to a brand-new restaurant, No Saint.

Sunlight Pasta’ Slabtown area is quickly to be house to the return of Stacked Sandwich Store.

Sunlight Noodles/Revelry

I was getting ready to place Sunlight Pasta on our checklist of Rose city’s ideal brand-new dining establishments of 2022 when cook Diane Lam informed me she was preparing to shut the dining establishment and also relocate to San Francisco. Entertainment, the Rose city station of a Seattle-based dining establishment team where Lam formerly functioned, likewise shut throughout the pandemic.

Tails & Trotters

Rose city’s excellent hazelnut-fed pork manufacturers, and also an excellent sandwich store as well.

Tiffin Asha

Among our preferred Rose city food carts opened up a brick-and-mortar area for its take on South Indian dosas and also various other recipes in 2016, after that enclosed 2021 (the area is currently house to Mis Tacones, a yummy vegan taqueria). Yet excellent information to those of you that have actually reviewed this much — Tiffin Asha is seeking to recover with a stand tomorrow at the Vancouver Farmers Market.

Toffee Club (once more)

We have actually 3 years delegated identify where we’re mosting likely to view the following Globe Mug.


This even more laid-back spin-off opened up together with sibling dining establishment Nodoguro in June, noting among Rose city’s very first significant pandemic-time dining establishment openings. Yet with limitations still in position, Tonari had the ability to take off. Co-owners Ryan and also Elena Roadhouse left both dining establishments in 2021, ultimately locating a brand-new house for Nodoguro late in 2015.

Toro Bravo

Huge, loud and also stuffed tighter than a sardine tin, John Gorham’s internal Northeast Rose city tapas dining establishment may have been the funnest dining establishment in Rose city, also if you needed to wait to enter. Toro Bravo introduced a little military of spin-off dining establishments, consisting of Yummy N Children and also Mediterranean Expedition Business, several of which are under brand-new possession.

Uno Mas Taquiza

Autentica cook Oswaldo Bibiano’s laid-back taco spin-off wasn’t for every person, yet I liked the a lot more uncommon griddled cheese or blood sausage tacos. You can locate Bibiano currently at one of his 2 food vehicles, The Inverted and also Smart Donkey.

Wong’s King Fish and shellfish

Rose city has actually never ever been an excellent dark amount community, yet Wong’s King supplied a huge, energetic reception hall with rolling carts offering good siu mai, har gow and also even more. Together with the neighboring Sea City, which likewise shut throughout the pandemic, Wong’s King was the gold criterion for Rose city lower amount throughout its prime time.


I’ll constantly remember my very early sees to Mae, the Appalachian pop-up from previous Husk Charleston cook Maya Lovelace, sharing large plates of skillet-fried poultry and also beers with complete strangers around a huge table at the rear of Old Salt Market. Yonder, Mae’s fast-casual sibling dining establishment, made a go of it throughout the pandemic prior to briefly rebranding as Hissyfit after that shutting completely in 2022.

— Michael Russell; mrussell@oregonian.com

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