Hillsboro’s Sweet Oregon Grill Largely Destroyed By Fire

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Known for its tasty baked/fried chicken, pies, and quite ample breakfasts, Hillsboro’s Sweet Oregon Grill was two-thirds destroyed by a fire early this morning.
One look at the picture I took just a little while ago depicts a reason it is believed the three-alarmer spread so quickly. We are talking about a wood structure here.
Although I never had the opportunity to dine at this iconic eatery, I’ve driven by its location on Cornelius Pass Road and West Union Road many times.
If they rebuild it, I will stop by.

4 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    i’ve been to the grill. i loved the decor and the building. the food wasn’t all that, but then again, what else is there in west union. it a loss for that area no doubt.

  2. Shaun O'Malley (unregistered) on July 10th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    First of all I have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to post a blog about the Sweet Oregon Fire. I can’t believe that you had never even been there and you cared enough to post something. I worked at Sweet Oregon for 4 and 1/2 years. This place was my life. It supported my daughter and I so nicely. I am sad for all of my co-workers who have also lost. It feels like our family has died. You see Sweet Oregon was not your average restaurant. We were different, a family that cared so much for each other. An owner that devoted her whole life to this place. She is one of the most wonderful, caring, kind, thoughtful, and generous women I have ever met. To know that she has lost one of the biggest things in her life makes me sick. And then to think about all of the regular customers that visited the Grill on a weekly even daily basis. Where are those people going to eat. Where are they ever going to go where the server knows there name and what they want to drink. How will they ever walk into a corporate place and say tonight is a great night because all of my friends are here? And what about all of the people that came there for the Grills live music? Where will they go now? The people that came to the grill were some of the nicest people out there. Always caring and asking questions. If for any reason some of our regulars read this comment I would love to keep in contact with you. Can you please email me. My email address is makadoosmom@aol.com. And on one more note to let you all know, most of the employees of Sweet Oregon Grill have already found new jobs. If it isn’t somewhere with the owners it is at another local restaurant. So many places have offered work and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your blog. Hopefully this can bring some of us together!!!

  3. Lora (unregistered) on July 10th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Not that big of a loss, the food sucked and the service sucked worse.

  4. former sog employee (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Wow Lora, could you be any more unpleasant and bitter? Maybe you had a bad experience. That sucks. I’ve been to plenty of bad restaurants and had a bad experience. I feel for you. But how can you say that it isn’t much of a loss? How about for the 37 people who lost their jobs? Many of those people don’t speak english and will have a hard time finding new jobs. Also, the family that owned Sweet Oregon payed better than any other job that I had in the 15 yrs that I worked in restaurants. Many of us will never find restaurant jobs that actually allow us to provide for our families. Beyond that, the building was about 100 years old and often visited by the descendents of the man who originally built it. I’m sure its no big loss to them. Plenty of people loved Sweet Oregon and the people that worked there really wanted to provide a great experience for everyone who came in there. Well, it really is hard to please everyone. None of us is perfect, but we all did our best. We all put on smiles no matter what was happening in our personal lives. Maybe you should look at the bigger picture before you spout off your bitterness & negativity. That kind of attitude shows everywhere you go. Maybe that leads to some of your bad experiences. It’s called karma. I hope your life gets better so you won’t have to feel satisfaction at other peoples’ losses.

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