The original Besaw’s on NW 21st, underwent an acrimonious closing in May 2015, after both Cana Flug and C.E. John, the redeveloper, filed competing federal trademark claims on the name “Besaw’s”. The restaurant had been operating in the space for 112 years.
In a statement today, Flug said, “As we immersed ourselves in the process of redefining Besaw’s without the trappings of an antiquated building, we began to explore the opportunities to expand in ways where before, there were only limitations finally: Hollandaise every day! Happy hour! Family supper! We’ve missed you!”
Chef Michael Uhnak will be bringing back the classics and creating new ones. The restaurant will continue to embrace a bustling, vibrant and cozy aesthetic, with new thoughtful details to enrich the experience and complement the Besaw’s legacy (such as an enviable outdoor patio space and a custom built brick oven). Besaw’s is also preparing to formally announce a tandem restaurant project currently in the works. The complementary businesses will allow for growth within several key areas, championed by the long standing management team. Flug also adds, “It is foremost in our intention to be both reverential to our storied past, yet ambitious in our reach toward the future. We’ve made every effort to preserve the heart and soul of Besaw’s, to create a gathering place that will feed Portlanders for another 112 years.”