The Viper Room…coming to Portland?

Last week, L.A.’s Viper Room was sold to Peter Morton, whose father owns the Hard Rock Cafe chain of restaurants. It seems the son has similar aspirations. Along with buying the club, Morton’s company plans to open up a chain in “Las Vegas, Miami, Portland, Seattle, New York, London and Tokyo.”

First, I was surprised at the talk of creating a chain, but the fact that Portland’s included on the list is also surprising. Since this is just in the “talking about it” phase, who knows where the chain will set up shop in our area. Any ideas? If I were to advise Morton’s group, I’d tell them to stay away from that Bossanova space on Burnside if they want to make it beyond a year or two.

3 Comments so far

  1. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

    You said "the viper room" is that the same one that young actor "river phoenix" died just out side there door some 5-10 years back? Now I have been to the hard rock in reno
    1. I like the decor thats the only thing I can say nice about it.
    2. Small menu
    3. Way over priced on the food and drinks. Now this was back in the early 90’s it was like $9.00 for just a grilled cheese and frys and it was some thing like $4.00 for a small or med. coke.
    Now why would someone want to start a chain of viper rooms? Now if I want to over pay for a mediocre burger I’ll go to that rock & roll dive over there on ne sandy in the hollywood district.

  2. Brandon (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    There was a locally-owned place called The Viper Room on SE Hawthorne that closed up shop a year or two ago. I remember reading a story somewhere that they were getting harassed by the lawyers of the real-deal down in LA for copyright infringement. The PDX Viper Room supposedly had a "strip club atmosphere without the girls" and there was snake on the menu. Link.

  3. Brandon (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:58 am

    Not sure what went wrong back there but…

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