Portland’s Din Din Will Close in February

Courtney Sproule is hanging up her apron for now. We’ll miss her unusual blend of French cooking, seasonal intensity and changing monthly décor.

By Karen Brooks and Benjamin Tepler January 18, 2016

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Sproule in her kitchen.

Image: Allison Jones

Eat Beat has learned that Din Din, one of Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2013, will close at the end of February.

From 2007 to 2012, Din Din’s Courtney Sproule charmed local eaters with intricate pop-up meals on rooftops, in urban nurseries, and in church basements. Critical praise followed, and so did a cult following. “In 2013,” wrote PoMo’s food critic Karen Brooks, "Sproule found a home for her elaborate Francophile parties and intricate French-meets-farm fresh tasting menus at 920 NE Glisan St, with a chandelier-lit kitchen, wall-projected movies, and changing menus choreographed to tempt and amuse. The longtime acolyte of Portland’s French food godfather, the late Robert Reynolds, reimagined what a restaurant could be. If Julia Child had joined the riot grrrl movement, America’s food revolution might have looked like this.”

“I'm privileged to have spent a chapter of my life cooking and hosting on my own terms,” Sproule tells Eat Beat. “I now plan on returning my cooking to my home kitchen and look forward to experiencing what all of Portland's creative food innovators do next!” Sproule is still working out the details, but plans are to pass her one-of-a-kind space off to another creative talent after Din Din’s closure in February. Stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, two supper club dinners will take over the space in the coming weeks: Leena Ezekial's Thali Supper Club (Jan 30 and Feb 21) and Javier Canteras's Basque Supper Club (Jan 15-16).

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