The hospitality sector saw three big changes today. Trader Vics said its Pearl District location will stay closed. Deschutes Brewery announced the opening of its first brew pub on the East Coast. And Pacific Coast Seafood said a new plant will open along the Columbia River this spring.
Trader Vic’s announced Monday that the Tiki bar’s Portland location is closed for good.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the decision to close Trader Vic’s in Portland after four and a half years,” franchise owner J. Clayton Hering said in a press release.
The chain, which started in California and now has locations in Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Qatar, announced its Portland return five years ago. Local business leaders, including Hering, hoped to recapture some of the energy and feel of the city’s original Trader Vic’s, which haunted the Benson Hotel for 40 years.
…Theclosure comes following a recent fire that damaged part of the restaurant. In a since-deleted Facebook post — screen-grabbed by Willamette Week — manager Justin DuPre wrote rent on the Pearl District space was $20,000 per month and that the restaurant “had never turned a profit in 4.5 years.”
(READ MORE: Oregon Live)
Bend-based Deschutes Brewery will open its first East Coast location in Roanoke, Virginia.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said Deschutes will invest $85 million and create 108 new jobs in the city. It will serve as Deschutes’ East Coast operations.
… It’s a potentially game-changing step for Deschutes, which sold the most Oregon-made beer within the state last year and is the state’s second-largest overall brewer. And while many Oregon craft beers are distributed nationally, few have opened brewpubs outside of the state. None are believed to have opened brewpubs east of the Mississippi.
(READ MORE: Portland Business Journal)
The Pacific Seafood Plant has a planned Warrenton homecoming set for spring, after a fire destroyed the plant in 2013.
A town hall Saturday with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, in the Warrenton City Commission chambers was especially fitting, given the $3 million she helped secure from the state Legislature to return the city’s largest employer.
With Daniel Occhipinti, general counsel for Pacific Seafood Group, Johnson announced the company’s intent to rebuild and start processing seafood by spring of next year at the former Pacific Coast Seafood plant on the western banks of the Skipanon. The plant burned down in June 2013.
(READ MORE: The Daily Astorian)