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From Oregon Live:
A couple of months shy of its first anniversary, Balvo will serve bowls of rigatoni with red sauce for the last time Saturday, Oct. 14. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen for dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with a new, still-undetermined name, more formal decor and Chris Israel at the helm as executive chef. Balvo is one of three restaurants in the Bruce Carey Restaurants group, whose partners include principal Carey, chefs Kenny Giambalvo and Israel, and Saucebox frontman Joe Rogers. The reorganization shakes down like this: Giambalvo, who split time between Balvo and Bluehour, will now focus solely on head chef duties at the latter; Israel retains his role as exec chef at Saucebox but will spend the bulk of his time at the re-imagined place on Northwest 23rd Avenue.
So what went wrong at Balvo, the gleaming glass restaurant that drew criticism for inconsistency and branded merchandise upfront?
“The original concept for Balvo was everyday Italian, with a familiar menu and a neighborhood vibe,” Carey says, “but I think I underestimated the level of sophistication among diners in this town as well as the number of places that are already doing this kind of food and doing it well.”
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