Bluehour is Closing.
Owner Bruce Carey sent out the following email today. No word on the future of 23Hoyt, Saucebox, or clarklewis, though I have been hearing lots of rumors.
Opened in 2000, Bluehour was once considered one of Portland’s best restaurants. I was a frequent guest for the service, ambiance, and food. Amid competition from a slew of other restaurants, its star dimmed over the years. I’m sorry to see another chapter in Portland restaurant history close.
With great sadness and regret I must announce today that Bluehour will not reopen. The prospects for a profitable relaunch have dimmed considerably in the context of a far-off, post-covid future where casual service, social-distancing, to-go service and delivery are all key to any viable restaurant business plan. I remain grateful that Bluehour has been able to play such a prominent role in the high-spirited Portland restaurant scene for the past 20 years. Our hearts go out to our amazing and incredibly talented staff whose hard work and dedication made these twenty years in the Wieden+Kennedy building so rewarding. Finally, I want to thank the small army of loyal customers for their support and acknowledgement during this impossible time. We will miss all of you more than you can know.
Apologies for the typos earlier. I wrote this on the train.