After a long downhill spiral for a short height, Bay 13 has closed.
The restaurant website puts it simply:
“Bay13 has closed. We will be reopening as a new concept in spring 2010”
Reconstructed in what was once an abandoned warehouse, Bay 13 came to town in February 2007, with big plans, announcing one of the largest restaurants in the area, with a “public fish market” to be opened later that year.
Despite a large number of potential customers in the area, from the beginning, the restaurant floundered, and never gained the expected crowds. The menu was expensive, the food wasn’t very good, and the service was quite strange. From my 20007 review,
“Owned by the Moana Group, a large corporation having restaurants in many states, including Paragon in Portland, this warehouse has been converted into a 175 seat restaurant. Though clearly a lot of money has been spent, I wonder exactly what crowd they are hoping to attract. Something tells me it’s not foodies, but more along the lines of the folks that frequent Manzana, out looking for “something even better”. Give it six months, and unless the cooking improves, it will be a soulless repository of Pearl District denizens, hoping for flash over substance; the type of person that isn’t really likely to read this site in the first place.”
An interesting service quirk that, last I heard, was never worked out – sushi orders often arrived after the mains, something that annoyed more than a few diners, but restaurant managers spoke of as “normal procedure, as our sushi takes time to make”.
It seems the “soulless” denizens of the Pearl have spoken, as both Manzana and Bay 13, quietly rest in peace.
PS. Not all people living in the Pearl District are soulless. This is a broad generalization from current thinking of 2007, and does not reflect the current Pearl District residents, or, specifically, and of my friends, neighbors, or even myself. I was a bit more snarky when I wrote that line. Now I would say something more PR, like “folks who have given up on making a social life in the suburbs, and have moved to the big city to own large soulless concrete condominiums, which in 80 years will all be torn down (if we haven’t all died in nuclear war) for vegetable gardens.
Bay 13 Restaurant has closed. Despite a large number of potential customers in the area the restaurant floundered and never gained the expected crowds.