Friday, June 5, 2009

McCormick & Schmick's close original restaurant

From the Oregonian:

Around 40 servers, bartenders, managers and cooks sat down at McCormick & Schmick's original restaurant at noon today and learned that the historic eatery wouldn't be opening for dinner.

A landmark decked in green awnings at the corner of Southwest First Avenue and Oak Street, the restaurant was another victim of the economy after the Portland company said it couldn't successfully negotiate a new lease with the building's owners.

"This is difficult for us, too, this is our town - where we live and where we work," said Bill Freeman, chief executive of the 94-restaurant chain since January. "We are committed to Portland and we will continue to look for other restaurant opportunities here that make sense for us as we go forward."

After today's lunchtime meeting, Freeman said, the company planned to immediately set up a series of interviews in hopes of placing all 38 hourly employees into similar positions at other local restaurants.