Sad news from Riffle –
To our loyal family of guests at Riffle NW,
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Riffle NW is closing its doors this evening. Tonight we close a chapter that has brought us a year of fulfillment, happiness, the greatest experiences and most importantly a family that will forever be ours. I can’t thank each of you enough for your unbelievable loyalty and friendship. I’m sure every restaurant owner says this, but we genuinely have the most appreciative and generous people who walk through these doors each night and for that, we are forever grateful. You have embraced us in such a special way—thank you, thank you. You will see us around town with a few new exciting projects on the horizon, so when you do see us, be sure to give us a big Riffle hug. Please visit us this evening for one last night of service and together we will cheers to Riffle.
Thank you again,
Jen & Team Riffle
Riffle NW was the newest seafood restaurant to open in Portland for some time. It was the vision of Ken and Jennifer Norris, two chefs who believe in the philosophy of “one house” where the kitchen, bar, and dining room all work seamlessly to create delicious food and drink served with a fun and approachable style”. They garnered lots of positive press in a short time, with mentions in Star Chef, Food & Wine, Portland Monthly and Men’s Health magazines. Though the restaurant was voted on of the “Best New Restaurants of 2012” in our reader survey, it never seemed to catch on. I tended to forget it was there, and apparently, many other people did too.
This is sad and makes me think that Portland is becoming a “safe” dining scene. Pizza, pasta, burgers and steaks seem to be what is most successful. Think of all the places that are trending or making it long term. Tasty and Alder, while I like, is a steak house of sorts. I had an great meal at Kingdom of Roosevelt but the place was almost dead. I do not think Portland is ready for the work Erik is putting out. If Portland wants to evolve and be a food city the dining public needs to take more risks.
I’m sad to hear this. Portland needs more seafood restaurants, not less. I liked Riffle, but I have to admit, I only went there once. I liked their food,drinks, and service, but I found the space a bit too clinical and cold.