PORTLAND Portland is known for its rich food scene. Eagerly awaiting a table at a boutique restaurant in a trendy neighborhood is how many a Portland foodie spends his or her Sunday.
In Northwest Portland, the non-gourmands go to Joe s Cellar Restaurant and Lounge. The landmark greasy-spoon specializes in hearty breakfasts like bacon and eggs, omelets, and biscuits and gravy.
Unfortunately for Joes faithful followers, the restaurant s last meal was served up Sunday.
The historic building at Northwest 21st Avenue and Northwest Pettygrove Street looks like a relic from the past. At the counter you re more likely to see someone reading a newspaper than staring at a smart phone. The black and white photos on the wall tell a story as old as the building they are in.
The lounge next door is a local dive bar with unpretentious karaoke and dependable crew of locals who don t want their drinks made by a mixologist. They too will have to find a new watering hole.
After making it through the recession, it seemed like Joe s Cellar could survive another 100 years. Dianna Johs, a waitress at the restaurant, told KGW city inspectors condemned the 114-year-old building after it was recently sold. Now, she and 24 other employees are out of work.
This is a place where everybody talks to everybody. People that are sitting there and I can interact. Next thing you know, everybody is talking to everybody. You go to a Shari's, you go an IHOP, they don't talk to each other. Here they do, Johs said.
Regulars at the restaurant are calling the loss tragic. Joe s will not be relocating.