Farewell, Yen Ha


Over the weekend, I learned that longstanding Vietnamese mainstay Yen Ha Restaurant and Lounge (6820 Sandy Blvd) is closing in October. The restaurant staff posted a notice on their Facebook page:

It is with great sadness to announce that Yen Ha will be closing it’s doors on October 21st, 2019. Thank you for all the memories this place has formed over the past 35 years. It’s been an honor to serve, eat, drink and laugh with you all. Through the years, we have gotten to know the community and the families surrounding us. We’re incredibly grateful to our loyal customers and our amazing staff, thank you for your friendship and support. You guys made it possible for us to share a piece of our culture. In the days leading up to our closing, please come by to say hi and goodbye. A farewell party is being planned so stay tuned for updates.

Thank you again for your continued support.

The Yen Ha Family

People have been posting their sadness and disappointment in the impending closing, and also sharing their memories of Yen Ha—the place for wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, karaoke nights, New Year’s parties. For some, it served as the location for the first time they tried any kind of Asian food. I personally have never had a meal at Yen Ha, but I understand the sadness one feels when a beloved neighborhood restaurant closes (see: My Canh).

Of course, we’re all curious to see what happens next to the space. One Facebook commenter claimed that Mekha Restaurant up the street bought it, but that’s just speculation at this point. I wonder what will happen to Nam Phuong Market next door; here’s hoping they’ll be able to stick around.

Best wishes to Yen Ha as they move through this transition.

Yen Ha Restaurant & Lounge (closing October 21, 2019)
6820 Sandy Blvd, Portland
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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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