One of Portland’s most popular restaurants, The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, will vacate the iconic Heathman Hotel, where it has been grilling steaks since the mid-1980s.
The restaurant will be relocated to a downtown location at the end of March, and it has yet to be announced where it is relocating or whether it will temporarily close during the process.
The cause of the move is differing views between The Heathman Restaurant and the hotel. Executive chef Michael Stanton said that a “clash of culture” has existed between the restaurant and the hotel, ever since a real estate investment trust bought the hotel in 2015. In 2014, the Heathman Hotel sued the restaurant for not making enough money and won the case.
The Heathman name is owned by the hotel, so when The Heathman Restaurant and Bar reopens, it will likely be renamed. The Landry’s restaurant group has owned the restaurant since taking over McCormick & Schmick’s in 2011.