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Gruner's Chris Israel

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On New Years Eve, downtown’s celebrated Gruner Restaurant (527 SW 12th Ave) will shut its doors for good, reports The Oregonian. Opened in 2009 by iconic Portland chef Chris Israel and ChefStable head Kurt Huffman, Gruner was—in its prime—one of the city’s great dining experiences (read our original review here). 

In his Alpine fantasy, Israel ignited a deep, undiscovered hunger for sleek Alsatian fare, with beet-pickled deviled eggs, braised rabbit with tender spätzle, and his cult-worthy, smoky, bacon-topped burger. Closing the meal with homemade doughnuts, dunked in a warm bath of chocolate ganache, became tradition. 

In March, Ox owners Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez will take over the space, along with Gruner’s sister bar, Kask. According to The O, Kask will remain open and unchanged, while the Gruner space will transform into Denton and Quinonez’s second restaurant, SuperBite. More information as it becomes available.

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