PDX Food Chatter: Terroir Goes Bye-Bye?

[UPDATE: A quick call to Terroir goes to voicemail, with a message indicating the restaurant is currently “closed for service.” Not sure if that is the regular business closed msg. or not, but I’m guessing not.]

Word on the street is that Terroir, the “seasonal-sustainable Pacific Northwest small plate restaurant and wine bar” on MLK is indeed closed. Speculation had surfaced the restaurant of Stu Stein might be closed as late as yesterday and it was in fact confirmed via email to ExtraMSG that the establishment is indeed looking like it is out of business. No word as yet on why.

[via alt.portland]

11 Comments so far

  1. tenstringesquire (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    Strangely enough, Mr. Stein was this week’s “Rogue of the Week” – http://wweek.com/editorial/3411/10285/

  2. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm
  3. Plaxico Domingo (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

    Teach your children well. Plagiarizing does not pay. This was truely a talent in our culinary realm, but somehow faultered and I am sure the lawyers shut him down. Now his cuisine is tough as a 2 dollar new york steak.

  4. chris (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    Other restaurant closings: Hurley’s ( http://www.hurleys-restaurant.com/ ) and Filbert’s Cafe ( http://www.filbertscafe.com/ ) are no longer.

    I’ve been to both, and thought they were both great NW neighborhood restaurants. I hope it’s not a sign of rougher roads but rather opportunity for new beginnings.

  5. Kevin (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    It’s closed.

    On my site, I have a statement from his now-former PR firm, a representative of which wants to be clear that a) they haven’t worked with Terroir since last year; and b) they had no hand in writing any of the disputed website info. According to them, it all came from Stein himself:


    As for the phone message Nino got: I was driving up MLK last night, saw the restaurant closed, and called the res line. No one answered, but as of yesterday evening they were still requesting that callers leave a name and number for a callback, so it does sound like things have changed there today.

  6. Betsy (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    And it should be noted that the genesis of Stein’s latest undoing is all nicely documented in both the posts and comments over on Food Dude’s site:

    Part One:

    Part Two:

    Finally, it should most definitely be noted that Mr. Allman himself was instrumental in starting the round of Google-icious fun that led to said undoing.

  7. BS (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 7:27 am

    Bad reviews, bad reputation, plagiarism? Hmmmm, can’t imagine why this place closed. The fact that he was fired twice before for plagiarism couldn’t have helped. Plus, there are rumors that his recipes may have been borrowed too…

  8. tinyMona (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    This place is along my morning jog route. Just passed by it this morning. It still looks like it’s fully functioning, stocked bar, set tables and all, but no menus left in the windows. I did want to try the food, looks like I missed my chance. Oh well.

  9. tinyMona (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    all this aside, how was the food???

  10. chris (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

    I agree with TinyMona… I hadn’t heard one bit about the restauraunt or the drama until WWeek posted (and the reverb from here) made it an issue.

  11. GetLifes (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 2:00 am

    i think its funny how all you shit heads in this city think you know everything and you all dont know the people you talk shit on. ever try to meet people and talk to them and see what theyre about before you talk shit?. nope… because all you fuckers are on food stamps and live in cheap houses in NE and have nothing better to do with your time.
    Get the fuck over your selfs

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