Restaurateur Dwayne Beliakoff and partner have decided to pull the plug on Roux, their Cajun restaurant in North Portland.
According to Dwayne, he felt like he either needed to reinvent the space as a different type of restaurant or pull the plug. “Since the bills are paid, we felt like it was a good time to re-focus and go a different direction”.
At this point, he is going to be working on Violetta at Director Park, a small venture in the new public square behind Fox Tower, along with a coffee shop on the lobby of the new tower going up on Stark St. behind Jake’s Famous Crawfish.
Dwayne says Violetta will feature small plates, with the goal of having nothing over $12.00, with hopes to post most items in the middle of that range.
The cafe will be open all day, with a wide selection of items like breakfast sandwiches, warm breakfast cereals hot and cold sandwiches, salads, burgers, franks, etc. They will also have a nice selection of frozen desserts and treats. Director’s Park officially opens September 24th. If all goes according to plan, Violetta will open the same day.
So sad. My partner and I were planning on going to Roux for brunch last weekend but found ourselves at Milo’s instead. I wish Dwayne all the luck.
Very sorry to hear this news. As a resident of North Portland, Roux was a favorite spot for brunch and dinner for my husband and I. Dwayne did a great job there…I hope he’ll keep the space and do something new with it – Overlook needs restaurants other than burger joints!
OMG where oh where am I going to get CRAWFISH PIE??? Please ask Dwayne if you can post the recipe?
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to pass on the recipe!
And Gritcakes, too! I loved gritcakes.
My husband and I had such a great date at the Crawfish boil. We will miss Roux!
I am SO sorry to hear this. We have loved every meal we have eaten at Roux.
Catherine Cole says
I really liked Roux. Like a lot of incredible places in town, I felt like I never went there enough. Now I’m kicking myself. Miss you, crab Benedict for brunch.
je suis tres triste
Robb Wijnhausen says
This is a damned shame. NOW where will I find something to rival the majesty of the Crocque Monsieur???
this is awful news. i have never had a bad experience there. i loved to pop in for oysters, a side of bacon, grits and a pint on a saturday. the best/comfiest booths in portland too.
This a sad day indeed!! Now where and I going to go for decadant brunch!! The best brunch EVER!!! (Breaks down weeping..)
Thank you Roux for so many good Saturday mornings & one extra special birthday party…
If the bills were all paid and it was about re-focusing, why the sudden closure? When he says the bills are paid, does that include labor?
I am so sad… Roux was ny husband & my place for special occasions & out -of-town guests. I wish Dwayne & crew all the best in their next venture.
forgive me please, i liked roux, ate there a few times a year but please please please don’t say this is a cajun restaurant, it is a new orleans inspired restaurant, there was little that they did there that was actually cajun. a bit annoying to those who know cajun, new orleans and creole are NOT the same thing. could someone tell the people over at acadia?
Drat. No more creole brunches.
Bills are paid? There is a federal tax lien to the tune of $21,533. Unless of course Roux Inc. of 1700 N Killingsworth is not the restaurant.
Too bad. It was a great restaurant.
StrippingCthulhu Designsttp says
THATS NO GOOD!
We went here for my girlfriends 18th birthday, and we loved it. I wish we could have had it one more time before it was gone.
I have never had better biscuits and gravy anywhere. Period. I am in mourning for the crawfish pie as well. Oh! And the fabulous cocktails!
Yes, I will miss Roux very much. Best of luck in your other ventures…
My experiences at Roux were always very positive. In particular, the Sunday brunch was perhaps the most underrated in Portland. No ridiculous line, reasonable prices, good portions, delicious, and a nice atmosphere. Loved the crawfish omelette. Cheers.
LD in PDX says
I have co-workers that live in other states that STILL talk about the meal that we all shared there 2 years ago! I have had so many great times there and now it is gone.
No more tasso wrapped shrimp. No more Creole Resolutions…who will make my Voodoo Queen or my mouth dance with every entree I try?
I am going to sulk now…
May you rise again…
Thank you Roux for all of your tasty food. We’ll remember you fondly.
Thank you Roux for all of the great food and atmosphere. After hearing about the restaurant in a great review in Washington, DC before moving here, I found that it lived up to my expectations! In fact, Roux became my favorite restaurant in Portland, and I will miss it immensely! Best of luck with the other endeavors.
Was planning to have our rehersal dinner at Roux next summer…