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Oct 19, 2008 02:37 PM

Portland restaurant business slowdown?

We had a perfectly fine and reasonably priced meal at the Dogfish Cafe (Congress St.) Friday night. We hadn't been in quite a while, they don't take reservations, and there's always a wait.
Surprisingly, we walked in to a table of four - prime time Friday!
Have the ecconomic times caught up with our Portland restaurant scene? Are there dark clouds on the horizon? Is this a more wide spread phemom?

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  1. I live in Portland, and have not noticed a big slowdown as of yet. That said, I won't be surprised if we see a few restaurants close in the next 6 months. Will keep my eyes peeled and will let you know what I encounter in the next few weeks.

    1. Maybe, but more likely you happened to hit the lull between storms: post Columbus Day and pre foodie frenzy. This weekend is Harvest on the Harbor, three days of foodie heaven with chef dinners, tastings, demonstrations and an all-day marketplace on Saturday. Folks might just be resting (and saving) for that.

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      1. re: Mainegal

        Mainegal is right on the first point...every year...if Columbus Day weekend is busy,.,,there is a two week back in school, potato harvestors all finished...I was in Freeport this past week and was shocked at the lack of people...never seen it so empty...and I called for a weekend reservation at a coastal hotel down near K'b''p't ..and you would have thought I was the King of England was calling...the economy is definitely slowing people down...and even with gas prices down...people are relectant to move back to the old gas guzzling days...I am sure in a couple of weeks our new president will implement all the promises made and we will be well on our way to both recovery and a more peaceful world...