food reporter Deeda Schroeder just nabbed a short phone interview with Lucier's Chris Dussin:
Chris Dussin, president of Old Spaghetti Factory International, Incorporated, and co-owner of Lucier restaurant, has confirmed that his multi-million dollar restaurant will close for business this Saturday.
Dussin said that the economy was the primary reason
for the eight-month old restaurant's demise. "It is unfortunate that things turned out the way they did," Dussin said this morning. "We had a lot of people who enjoyed what we were doing at Lucier."
Dussin hopes to re-open with the same name in the spring or summer of 2009, he said, but will, "wait and see." If they are able to re-open, Dussin said they would take a look at whether Lucier's menu matched what is right for the economic times.
Dussin also also added that a recent review
in the Oregonian
penned by food critic Karen Brooks
was a factor in the closure.
"Karen Brooks' review certainly didn't help," Dussin said. "For me, that review was unprofessional, and she is the one who lost credibility." Brooks gave Lucier a C- grade. "I don't think restaurants make it or break it based on the opinions of writers," Dussin added, citing the long-term success of The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Lucier will still be available for special events throughout the holidays, Dussin said.
Au revoir, Lucier:
Four sources have told me today that Lucier, the Dussin family's glitzy and controversial restaurant by the Marquam Bridge, will close its doors after dinner service on Saturday after just over six months of business. The closure has been confirmed by Chris Dussin. (We'll update the post with more info from him soon.)
Lucier's food, service and decor—which included cases of glass art and a canal of running water around the dining room—are unlike anything else in Portland. Whether you thought that was a good
thing or bad
has been a matter of much debate
Eugene bartender and blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler
is moving to Portland to take over the bar at Clyde Common from Kevin Ludwig and Tim Davey, who are leaving the restaurant to start Ludwig's long-awaited tavern, Beaker and Flask
, in early 2009. Morgenthaler told me he's "thrilled" about the new gig. And we're thrilled to have him. (Thanks to Food Dude for the tip)