The Heathman Restaurant closing at the end of March. Though the restaurant was once home base to accomplished chefs Greg Higgins and Philippe Boulot, and was on many "must visit" lists in the 80's, this is not what I'd call a big loss to the community. The restaurant has been on a downward slope since the early … [Read more...] about Heathman Restaurant Closing, to Open as New Paley’s Venture
Daniel Mondok, most recently of Genoa (closed), Paulee (closed), Sel Gris (closed), June (closed), Olea (closed), and Carlyle (closed), has taken a job at Swank & Swine. (Note that I may have missed some restaurants on that list, but does anyone notice anything in common?) Portland Monthly has sort of a … [Read more...] about Musical Chefs: Mondok, Bettinger, Adams, Giambalvo
Esquire Network's Knife Fight is making sure that Portland is well represented. On the August 5th episode, Greg Denton of Portland's OX Restaurant will be going up against Jason Wilson of Seattle's Crush. They will have to create at least two dishes in one hour that incorporate chicken gizzards, juniper berries, and … [Read more...] about More Portland Chefs Featured on Esquire Network’s Knife Fight
Odd that we get this news so far in advance - Imperial Chef Ben Bettinger is leaving the restaurants Imperial and Portland Penny Diner this August. According to Eat Beat, Vitaly Paley will be taking over the restaurant until a replacement is found. No word on where Bettinger is headed. Bettinger is an alumni of … [Read more...] about Chef Ben Bettinger Moving on from Imperial
As every year about this time, the James Beard Foundation announced its huge list of semifinalists for the 2013 Restaurant and Chef awards. While the list includes plenty of local chefs and restaurants, no Portland restaurants are nominated in the "Best Restaurant" section. Note that Portland also did not get any … [Read more...] about James Beard Semifinalists 2013 Announced
The neighbors off of SW Macadam can breathe better without all the wood smoke from the smokers at Reo's Ribs. There were complaints when he first opened. In fact his smoke caused visibility problems with traffic a couple of times until he put in a really tall smokestack. Now all of this is moot, as the restaurant is … [Read more...] about Reo’s Closes, Penny Diner Set to Open, Lucier Space Leased?
The Oregonian got the scoop on two new restaurants that Vitaly and Kimberly Paley are planning for downtown Portland. The "Imperial" will go into the space at the Hotel Lucia recently vacated by Typhoon. The second will be called "Portland Penny Diner", which will be located across the hall. As I've reported before, … [Read more...] about New News! Paley’s Adding Two More Restaurants, Pink Slime Deathwatch!
Ben Bettinger, chef at the popular SE restaurant Beaker & Flask, is leaving to join his old mentor Vitaly Paley at his new Downtown restaurant. From Oregon Live, "Coming to Beaker and Flask was a huge stepping stone, my first opportunity to find and develop my own style," he says. "Now I have the opportunity to … [Read more...] about Chef Ben Bettinger Leaving Beaker & Flask