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Portland Restaurateurs Struggling
by Jack Kerfoot
Mama San Soul Shack - Asian-Soul Food restaurant, closed on September 20th. Tapalaya - Cajun/Creole restaurant, closed on September 30th. Henry's Tavern - Restaurant and bar, which has been open for 15 years, closed on October 1st. Yen Ha - Portland's oldest Vietnamese restaurant, which will close in October 21st.
Why the recent closures of established and popular restaurants? To get the answer to this question, I went to David Louie, Vice President of Huber's, Portland's oldest restaurant and bar.
David was kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to explain to me the challenges that face a restaurateur in Portland. Although the restaurant business is highly competitive, David was quick to point out that operating a small business has become increasingly challenging in Portland.
Recent violent street demonstrations have caused many people to avoid downtown Portland. David recalled that after one demonstration, the entire downtown area looked like a ghost town. He added, that city government continues to increase the cost of doing business in Portland.
Small business owners provide valuable jobs, services and tax revenue that are essential to our city. Portland City Council's policies are causing businesses to close or leave Portland for more business-friendly cities. I support listening and collaborating with Portland businesses to make our city a better and affordable place to live.
This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.
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