I’ve enjoyed occasional lunches at PK, and was just thinking I should drop by. Unfortunately, they will discontinue lunch on Friday, December 24th.
The past few years have been tough on lunch at Park Kitchen. The vast majority of our lunch regulars are business people from downtown. These people have been hit hard by cutbacks and layoffs. We saw the effects of it. We responded by offering lunches for $10 (Yes, including iced tea). We continued to offer what we thought to be the best lunch in town: fantastic produce, and unusual and elegant salads, certainly the best hot dog in Portland. However, while we watched our dinners and Private dining rebound from the economic downturn, lunches were flat.
Here again we decided that we needed to listen to our business and focus our energies on what was working well. Our last lunch will be Friday, December 24th. To our regular lunch customers, (we know who you are) we give our very heartfelt appreciation. We hope you understand that this was a difficult decision for us to make. We really had fun serving lunch. For those of you who are really jonesing, we may keep some house made hot dogs around for happy hour when you get off work. Ask nicely.
On the bright side, they will be opening Sunday nights starting January 9th, with a theme – Pork and Pinot Sundays! Square Peg Farm will be providing the meat, and the ordering will be simple:
We supply a generous green salad, a pig-a-licious entree, and a glass of terrific Oregon Pinot Noir to quaff. You supply $30 plus tip. Shaazam! You’re ready for Monday morning.
Sounds like something I can get in to – what’s not to like? Price is right too.
Few other things – Christmas dinner this year. I’d go myself, but don’t have anyone in town to go with (sob). More information on all of this stuff.
I’ve been worried about Park Kitchen. I’ve felt like things have slipped a bit, prices have crept too high, and they just generally needed a refresh. I’m glad they are thinking of new and creative ways to get people in the door.