Big news this week from Kevin de Garmo, Kaie Wellman, and Bruce Silverman, owners of Pastaworks, City Market, and the upcoming Providore Fine Foods: Pastaworks Hawthorne (3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd), the iconic, 32 year-old European-style grocery, will close its doors for good as it transitions to the multi-armed artisan Providore Fine Foods (2340 NE Sandy Blvd) at the end of January.
The Hawthorne location was opened in 1983 by Peter de Garmo and Don Oman, granting a then food-deprived city access to fresh pasta, European wine and cheese, and local produce. Their new post inside Providore Fine Foods will allow them to offer an expanded prepared food menu with sit-down dining, outdoor seating, production space to grow their wholesale pasta line, and a sizeable parking lot. “As we evolved, [the Hawthorne location] just didn’t do what we needed it to do,” says Wellman. “Providore is the whole shebang.”
Not to worry—Pastaworks neighbor Nodogoro, Portland Monthly’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year, has at least until the end of January to serve its playfully reimagined Japanese feasts before renegotiating the lease or finding a new space. Stay tuned for details.
Meanwhile, Eat Beat has learned that Providore will open at the end of January with two new tenants joining Pastaworks, Flying Fish (sustainable seafood and oyster bar), Arrosto (a rotisserie chicken window), and Emerald Petals (an eco-conscious flower purveyor): The Meat Monger, a new, sustainable, grass-fed and pasture-raised meat operation from Flying Fish’s Lyf Gildersleeve, and prominent bread and pastry player, Little T American Baker.
January can’t come soon enough.