50 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of TableFive08 via Facebook

Oregon: TableFIVE08
> Location: Salem

This six-year-old restaurant in the Oregon capital — “beloved for its modern takes on steakhouse classics, Asian flavors and creative cocktail program,” according to the Statesman Journal — has the dubious honor of being the first victim of COVID-19 in downtown Salem. On July 10, its Facebook page announced that “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be closed for the weekend.” Three days later, a post read simply “TableFIVE08 is permanently closed.”

Source: Courtesy of Will F. via Yelp

Oregon: Mi Mero Mole
> Location: Portland

July 3 was the last day for this popular Chinatown Mexican place. In a statement on its Facebook page, owner Nick Zukin noted that he depended on tourists, office workers, and concert goers, among others, to keep the place alive, and “We don’t expect any of those customers to return until this pandemic is over.” He went on to say, “We have lost money every day we have remained open and only did so because our staff is like family to us and we didn’t want to let them down.”

Source: Courtesy of Sweet Basil's Café via Facebook

Oregon: Sweet Basil’s Café
> Location: Cannon Beach

A Cajun-Creole place opened in 2007 in this coastal town in the northwestern corner of the state, Sweet Basil’s has extended its temporary closure into a permanent one. Social distancing requirements, says co-owner John Sowa, would have allowed him to fill three or four tables at the most — which, he adds, “doesn’t cut it.” Sowa plans to take the executive chef job at Silver Salmon Grille in Astoria, just up the coast, where he will add some of his Louisiana specialties to the menu.

Source: Courtesy of Nel Centro via Yelp

Oregon: Nel Centro
> Location: Portland

Restaurateur David Machado announced that he is permanently closing this, his oldest Portland restaurant, opened in 2009 — as well as four other restaurants and bars he runs in the city. Machado told Portland Eater that he anticipated increased costs due to new sanitation and social distancing measures and feared that revenue would decrease 50% to 70%. He is also concerned that if he did reopen all or some of his places, a spike in COVID-19 cases could force him to shutter a second time, and “I could not bear to go through layoffs again.”

Source: Courtesy of Jim S. via Yelp

Oregon: Pok Pok restaurants
> Location: Portland

James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur Andy Ricker, whose Pok Pok restaurant group specializes in northern Thai and Vietnamese cooking, announced on Instagram in mid-June that he was closing four of his six Portland locations. The shuttered restaurants include Pok Pok NW, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and two outposts of Pok Pok Wing. A third Pok Pok Wing might reopen, and Ricker’s original Pok Pok will remain.