The Tannery Bar Has Closed Suddenly

The popular, 6-year-old North Tabor cocktail spot served its last Old Fashioned on Thursday night.

By Marty Patail June 10, 2019

The Tannery Bar at 5425 E Burnside St.

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The Tannery Bar is no more. 

Last Thursday, the neighborhood cocktail joint's Instagram abruptly announced that that evening's service would be its last ever. 

Hey everyone. We have some really bad news. The Tannery property has been sold and the new owners plan to put a different business in place of The Tannery. The last night will be TONIGHT (Thursday 6/6/19). It’s still kind of a shock so I’m sure we’ll be processing the loss in the days/weeks to come. We just wanted to thank our amazing, hard working staff who’ve made this place what it is. If anyone is looking to hire the best people, I have some top shelf recommendations. We’d also like to thank our friends, family and patrons who’ve supported us and had a good time hanging over the 6 ½ years we’ve been in business. It was fun while it lasted. Thank you so much. 
Aaron & Caleb

Hours after the announcement on Instagram on last Thursday, regulars crowded the the Tannery for its final evening.

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The Tannery opened in 2013 in a tiny white cinderblock space on East Burnside. At the time, Portland Monthly wrote: "With a six-seat chef’s counter, a dining room downscaled to two large communal tables, and a triple-decker DJ station spinning Japanese crooner records, Tannery Bar is flush with thirsty locals and flirty couples." Over the years, diminutive space became a cozy and reliable cocktail and date spot. 

County records list Ellen and Stephen McBee as owners of the lot. The bar's co-owner Caleb McBee could not be reached for comment and it was unclear who had purchased the property—or what the "new business" would be. We will update this story with further developments.

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