The great coronavirus restaurant purge is already upon us. Over the past two months, an estimated 4% of Oregon restaurants had already closed permanently by late April, according to a survey from the National Restaurant Association. That number could climb to 10% by the end of May.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that restaurants can only expect to have about a 30% chance of staying open if the coronavirus crisis lasts four months. Federal loans designed to support small businesses present Catch 22s for both restaurants and their workers alike. In a letter to congress, the newly formed Independent Restaurant Coalition has asked for a further $120 billion in restaurant stabilization funds to help small businesses.
So far, only a handful of Oregon restaurants and bars have publicly announced plans to shut for good, though that number is expected to grow quickly as Oregonians continue to stay home and our food businesses are limited to takeout and delivery. Heard of a restaurant or bar that has decided not to reopen? Send us an email and we’ll add them to the list.
Clyde Common: Fans of Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s cocktails have no need to fear: The lively bar-side of this 12-year-old restaurant attached to the Ace Hotel is expected to return. As for the restaurant, which will soon transition to a takeaway model, well, that’s another story. Owner Nate Tilden tells The Oregonian he isn’t sure what the future holds, but whatever it is, it probably won’t look like a won’t look like a full-service, 100-seat operation.
Helser’s: This Scotch egg-slinging corner cafe, which served as a welcome alternative to nearby Tin Shed, announced on Facebook it would close after more than 15 years on Northeast Alberta Street, Eater PDX was first to report. Fans can reach out for Helser’s recipe tips at [email protected]
Ichidai Sushi: Chef owner Akihiro Hirakiuchi announced a “permanent end” to this longtime Southeast Powell Boulevard sushi spot on the restaurant’s website. Hirakiuchi’s statement does indicate that there be a “next venture” in the future.
Liberty Glass: After raising $5,120 in a GoFundMe to “Help Secure Liberty Glass Bar’s Future,” this 12-year-old neighborhood bar, found in a converted Victorian home just over the hill from North Mississippi Avenue’s popular shopping strip, closed permanently at the start of May, according to an Instagram post first spotted by Eater PDX.
Prosperity Pie Shoppe: This Multnomah Village bakery, which relied on community support to reopen after a fire last year, launched a successful GoFundMe in March to help pay their final payroll.
Sparrows Coffee: This Westmoreland cafe and coffee roaster announced it would not be reopening its doors after the dust settles in a Facebook post on April 14.
Tanker Bar: This spirited Southeast Hawthorne Street bar, known for once hosting Project Runway viewing parties with Portland’s own contestants in attendance, announced its permanent closure on Instagram on March 17.
Pilot Butte Drive-In: This nearly 40-year-old Bend restaurant has closed permanently, and the building is on the market for $1.75 million, The Bulletin reports. Owner William Falconer has been trying to sell the business since 2018.
Coleman’s 9N Shady Rest: Better known simply as Coleman’s, this 14-year-old roadside diner at the junction of Oregon Highways 6 and 8 announced it would close for good in April, the Gales Creek Journal reports. The closure leaves Gales Creek with just one restaurant, OutAzaBlue, which is testing out local take-out and delivery.
Pacific Way Cafe: This 32-year-old Gearhart standby will close permanently, just months after owners Lisa and John Allen spent $10,000 on a dining room renovation, according to the Seaside Signal.
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