What's goin' on with McCormick & Schmick
? Former WW
staffer and gossip maven about town Byron Beck
reported on his blog
Wednesday afternoon that the Portland-based seafood empire will close its big First Avenue and Oak Street
location on Thursday. M&S also owns downtown staples Jake's Famous Crawfish and Jake's Grill. Beck writes:
UNHAPPIEST HOUR: I've just heard that Thursday, April 9, will be the last day for the McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant located on First Avenue and Oak Street. If the rumour is true it will mean the closure of one of Portland's most established eateries. ...A happening happy hour hotspot for local business-suit types (Schnick created the $1.95 bar menu) it is often frequented by tourists in search of an "authentic" seafood meal. It will be dearly missed. No word on other closures within the company.
But according to M&S's Director of Marketing, Gregg LeBlanc, that inside intel ain't right...
"As far as the information you heard regarding the restaurant closing tomorrow, this is incorrect
," he wrote WW
on Wednesday evening. "As part of our ongoing business, we have communications with landlords regarding the terms of our leases. At this time, we have not reached an agreement one way or the other for our First and Oak restaurant and are still in negotiations. We are hopeful that a mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached.”
Huh. And if they can't
reach a mutually satisfactory agreement?
will check in at the seafood restaurant tomorrow, just in case. We're hoping to find it--and its $1.95 bar menu--doin' business as usual.