RESTAURANT & BAR UPDATES
Portland News to Chew
Saying goodbye is never easy. Catch up on the handful of major restaurant closures you may have missed over the holidays—and other food news from around PDX.
Genoa is opening its doors a little wider this month. The restaurant has declared an "open house" from January 9-31, inviting new patrons to enjoy the menu any way they want. Diners intimidated by the traditional five-course tasting menu may choose to order a la carte, while extra-ambitious eaters may request the exclusive nine-course tasting menu. 2832 SE Belmont St
Little Big Burger' Hawthorne Location Opens: Last week's official opening of Micah Camden and Katie Poppe’s Little Big Burger Hawthorne adds one more link to their ever-growing chain of local burger joints. This marks seven locations in total—6 in Portland and one in Eugene. 2028 SE Hawthorne
Eleni’s Estiatorio Shutters: Sellwood Greek restaurant Eleni’s Estiatorio closed after dinner service on January 4, ending a 13-year run. Owner Eleni Touhouliotis and her staff will be focusing on their Pearl District location of Eleni’s Philoxenia, which opened in 2004. Laurelhurst Market co-owners Ben Dyer, Jason Owens, and David Kreifels will be taking over the spot to create Reverend’s BBQ, a neighborhood barbecue joint set for a spring 2014 opening.
Migration Brewing is celebrating the Blazers' hot streak with a Rip City happy hour promotion—offering including $3.50 pints and $10 pitchers of seasonal craft beer during all regular season Portland Trailblazer games. 2828 NE Glisan
Cork Wine Shop to Close for Near Future: In an e-letter sent to friends and family, Alberta's Cork Wine Shop has announced its closure for the next 6 months while owner Darryl Joannides reevaluates the shop's direction and focuses on his winery, Viola Wine Cellars. Joannides to reopen in June with a renovated shop and the next vintage of Viola Wines. 2901 NE Alberta
North Portland’s DiPrima Dolci Closes: After 11 years serving up slices of Sicilian-style pizza and traditional Italian pastries, N. Killingsworth Street’s DiPrima Dolci has closed its doors. Owner Pat DiPrima recently told The Oregonian that she is hoping to relocate to a “smaller, busier”, and "as charming” location in another area. 1936 N Killingsworth
Give Pizza a Chance Cart to Close This Week: Esteemed food cart Give Pizza a Chance will roll on at the end of this week following 6 years at their 5th and Stark location. The original owner John Eads and current hed honcho Scott Davison will be on hand this week to say their goodbyes and serve up the final slices of pizza. Eads carries on the tradition at Pyro Pizza, located at Cartopia on SE Hawthorne. The downtown location will house Mauritian food cart Chez Dodo in a few weeks. SW 5th Ave & SW Stark St
Donut-O-Rama's Greg Slauson is moving ahead on his new donut shop/bar project. Slauson has leased a space at 439 NW Broadway, intending to license it as a commissary kitchen and sell Donut-O-Rama products in satellite locations. Long-term plans for the space include a to-go donut window and a full bar serving "refined blue collar" comfort food. More updates to come!
Gilt Club Closes After 8 Years in Old Town: Old Town’s Gilt Club has called it quits after eight-and-a-half years of serving downtown late-nighters. Founded in 2005, the restaurant closed without fanfare, a sign on the door announcing that they “decided to quietly call it quits”. Former chef Chris Carriker left the restaurant in August 2013, and can now be found crafting the menu at 23 Hoyt. 306 NW Broadway
Saint Cupcake Closes Doors on Both Bakeries: To the chagrin of sweet-toothed Portlanders, Saint Cupcake is no more. After 8 years of satisfying pastry cravings, the bakery's space on SE Belmont is currently being transformed into the second location of owner Jami Curl’s Quin candy shop. 3300 SE Belmont St
Paulee to Close in January: After a year and a half of seeking to invigorate Oregon wine country dining, Dundee restaurant Paulee has closed its doors. Paulee first opened with chef Daniel Mondok at the wheel, but the lauded chef departed in December 2012 , leaving chef Sean Temple in his place. After several attempted menu reboots and staff shuffles, the space proved unable to draw the crowds necessary to maintain the ambitious menu. 1410 SW Hwy 99W, Dundee, OR
Our own Karen Brooks will be speaking on OPB's Think Out Loud from 12:40 to 1 pm today. Brooks, along with the Oregonian's Mike Russell and host Dave Miller, will reflect on the year in food and predict the taste of things to come in 2014. If you're reading this after the fact, don't worry, the segment will be archived here.