This many closures usually don’t happen until after the New Year, so I’m getting a bit worried. The latest news from The Oregonian, is that Hash Restaurant on SE 17th in Sellwood has closed. This, not long after they sold a large amount of Living Social coupons, which has some people up-in-arms. Though the restaurant was always busy on my visits, they were only open for breakfast and brunch, and just had about eight tables and a small bar area. I doubt it was a cash cow, but for the record, I liked Hash.
If you are going to buy Groupons, Living Social Coupons, for other restaurants use them quickly! In my experience, restaurants with a strong financial base do not need to stoop to the coupon hordes. Yes, you can get your money back, but it can be a hassle, and many people don’t bother.
Maybe Willamette Week will finally get to use their “Restaurantageddon” headline.
Portland Food Adventures says
That’s a shame and a bit surprising. I loved HASH, and yes, on weekends it was always packed. I was just thinking of it yesterday, as a matter of fact. Oh well. Nice guys owned the place, too.
Ed Ryan says
What a shame. In my opinion, Hash was the perfect little restaurant in the perfect place. I had no idea it was under such financial stress since on the weekends it was SRO to get a table. I will miss the corned beef hash and the poached eggs, and the cool ambiance with local art. Most of all, it was a joy to know that on any given Sunday morning, we would be treated to a consistently great, local, fresh breakfast with friendly service. I wish the owners good luck and perhaps another idea will come down the road. We eagerly await.
I live near Hash and I started noticing that they would be closed sometimes when they were supposed to be open; first occasionally, then often. Obviously, no restaurant can survive if patrons have no idea when it’s going to be open. I had a conversation with a business owner down the street who said that the owner had some sort of personal matter that was causing the erratic hours, but I have no way to confirm that. Anyway, it was good, it was close, and I’m sad it closed.