Tom Hurley’s Coupage Restaurant in Seattle has Closed
Remember Hurley’s Restaurant on NW 20th in Portland? Tom Hurley closed the business in December 2007, saying we weren’t good enough to appreciate his food. He had started a restaurant in Seattle called Coupage, which he said was much more successful, as it was in “a bigger city with more sophistication.” I think the bigger issue about his Portland restaurant, was the public perception that Tom, the “disabled” firefighter, was cooking full time in a restaurant when he was also collecting disability payments. On the other hand, perhaps it was because he was serving a $28 burger with foie gras, which angered local animal rights activists.
At the time he told the Oregonian, “Portland wasn’t ready for me,” says Hurley. “People in Seattle love what we do. They don’t mind paying for quality.”
Apparently, Seattle wasn’t ready for Mr. Hurley after all – the restaurant has closed. Calls to confirm are met with a “This voicemail is full” recording, and OpenTable is not taking reservations.
By the way, Cafe Nell opened a few weeks ago in the old Hurley’s location. More to come.