April 8th, 2009 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Future of McCormick & Schmick flagship outpost uncertain.

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?

WW 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.
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