Several emails today that the Typhoon restaurant at 2310 NW Everett street has closed.
According to a notice taped to the door, it has been seized by the landlord for unpaid rent.
This is the “mothership” for the chain of popular Thai restaurants, which has now grown to seven locations. I couldn’t find anything saying when it first opened, but I recall a visit there at least 12 years ago.
Typhoon has suffered tremendously from many negative headlines over the years about various employee lawsuits for unfair labor practices all the way back to 2004.
In 2007, Typhoon owner Bo Kline won a National Diversity Award through the National Restaurant Association. At the time, the Oregonian had a different slant, saying “Restaurateur who reported Thai cooks to immigration wins diversity award”. This came over OregonLive’s RSS feed, which was pulled shortly afterward.
In January of this year, the IRS filed a lien against the chain for $1.5 million for unpaid state and federal taxes. The Internal Revenue Service filed a lien last month against Typhoon! Inc. according to Multnomah County Recorder’s office. The taxes usually are withheld from employee paychecks. Curiously, they opened their seventh restaurant just this past October, seemingly oblivious to the pending legal issues.
It will be interesting to see if they can manage to keep any of the locations open amid what seems to be a crushing debt load.