Catch and Release: Fin to Close After V-Day

Food & Drink
What the hell? Karen Brooks over at Portland Monthly just broke the news that high-end seafood restaurant Fin will close after Valentine's Day. In early December, WW's own reviewer Brian Panganiban enjoyed the restaurant's mission to: "boldly elevate Portland's seafood dining experience beyond boilerplate slabs of grilled salmon...." "Aside from a few missteps, it succeeds," he wrote, "...wielding ...   More
Monday, January 17, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

Restaurant Apocalypse 2008: Nob Hill Pharmacy Cafe

Nob Hill Old Pharmacy Cafe at 2100 NW Glisan St. appears to have closed. The 24-hour cafe, one of only two 24-hour establishments in the neighborhood (the other is the McDonald's at 1831 W Burnside St.) was initially well reviewed by this paper in 2006 , but subsequently the subject of some of the meanest reviews I've seen in this town (like these at Yelp). I don't know when the paper went up, but ...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Restaurant Apocalypse 2008: Elmer's, Sal's, Hartwell's

A quick trip 'round the blogs this morning revealed three more restaurants that have fallen victim to the ongoing economic tsunami: The Elmer's franchise on Northeast 82nd Avenue has shut down (confirmed-no one answers the phone), Milwaukie's Hartwell's Restaurant is no more (confirmed—again, no phone) and the much-loved Sal's Famous Italian Kitchen is no longer famous, though it looks like ...   More
Monday, November 10, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Restaurant Apocalypse 2008: Encanto

Byron Beck, former WW reporter and blogger-about-town, reports that Encanto, one of very few decent restaurants on outer Lombard and just about the only New Mexican restaurant in town, closed its doors for good last night. Owner Michael Martinez has sold the business to Don Morris, who plans to reopen the restaurant as Cafe Cubano. A shame—I only made it to Encanto once, but I really enjoyed ...   More
Sunday, November 30, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE


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