When I first saw the ad on Craigslist, the only restaurant I could think of was Lovely Hula Hands. Turns out I was right. This arrived today:
“CHANGES AT LOVELY HULA HANDS
Saturday October 28th will be our last night in our little pink house. We will also be celebrating our third anniversary this weekend with cupcakes from St Cupcake for all. We obviously have a bittersweet feeling about moving on from the pink house but as our new building is almost done and gets more and more beautiful everyday, we get more and more excited. Along with the many changes that are happening for us right now we are also very happy to have Troy MacLarty as our new Chef. Troy has lived in Portland for the last two years and spent time at Ripe family supper, Saucebox, and more recently at one of our favorites, Simpatica Dining Hall. Before that he spent four years at the world renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley California. Troy brings a love of local products and enthusiasm for cooking that makes Jesse, Jane and myself even more excited for the big move. If everything goes well we plan to reopen in early November. Please continue to check our website for concrete dates, pictures, and more information.
Thanks to all who have been so supportive over the past three years.
Sincerely, Sarah Minnick”
Remember, you heard it here 4 days ago. We now return you to our previous gossip.
Morgan Brownlow Leaving Clarklewis?
Well Crap! So it’s kinda sort of true after all. Grrr… SOMEBODY I won’t name, who knew the truth, sidestepped the question and assured me this was all just a rumor. Here is what I was told:
Morgan is taking his first true vacation since opening 3 years ago, (and working 80 + hour weeks that whole time).
Thanks for asking.
Now comes further confirmation from Oregon Live’s Karen Brooks:
“Star chef Morgan Brownlow is taking a two-month leave from Clarklewis — and may not be returning.”
As we all know, Morgan and Nomi Hebberoy lost their ownership last year. It seems Chef Brownlow is missing having that control.
Again from Oregon Live:
“To earn back his ownership, Brownlow says, involves repaying Howitt potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars from restaurant’s coffers — an amount that feels out of reach. Howitt contends it’s not an “all or nothing” financial situation.”
The Oregon Live article contains more details, you can [read it here – link to Oregonian now dead]
So let’s see. I broke this news yesterday, then told you to forget it, now I’m telling you it is true after all. Sweet Tanqueray, you whisper in my ear. I’m coming. Next time I’m just gonna go with the story.
On the other hand, an interesting advert on CraigsList:
“Our well respected restaurant is relocating and we are looking to expand our kitchen staff with a motivated, experienced sous chef. Looking for someone that is a “cook” and not a recipe follower. Someone with opinions as well as an open mind.
Our chef spent 4 years at Chez Panisse and was formerly the chef at family supper here in Portland. That background will be expressed in a rotating menu that features seasonal, local ingredients and well grounded techniques.
If you are someone that is passionate about food, willing to learn, willing to teach and lead a line, please respond.”
Obviously the chef is Troy, of Ripe. Anyone choose to speculate about what restaurant is moving, and where?