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October 25, 2019

Neighboring Portland eatery will move to Silly's site

FIle Photo / William Hall Silly's restaurant in Portland shut its doors in September, but is expected to soon be home to Terlingua, now a few doors away.

A new tenant is coming to the former site of Silly’s, a funky, eclectic Portland restaurant in business for over 30 years before closing its doors last month.

Pliny Reynolds, owner of Terlingua, a Mexican-food and barbecue restaurant now at 52 Washington Ave., has leased the site at 40 Washington Ave., according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Terlingua will relocate there and plans to also open a small market in the new, larger space. The market will offer take-out versions of Terlingua's cuisine, including barbecue meals, side dishes, chili, and house-made sauces and rubs.

Plans also call for a renovation of the property’s back yard and patio, to accommodate groups of diners.

Silly’s closed Sept. 1 after owner Colleen Kelley wrote on her Facebook page, "I am going to bow out gracefully of the new hipster artisan Washington Avenue that I really don’t fit into anymore.”

She also recently shuttered her small eatery nearby, Simply Vegan by Silly's, at 68 Washington Ave.

In her post, Kelley said she was “exhausted” by work at Silly’s and the challenges of dealing with the city of Portland. “Another huge factor in my decision is, it is that I am smart enough to know my business model won’t work in a city destined to be Seattle,” she also wrote.

Named after a Texas ghost town on the Rio Grande River, Terlingua opened in 2015. It's received positive local and national press coverage since then, including being named one of Portland's 10 best brunch spots by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in August. 

Terlingua's new location and market should be open in the spring, according to its Facebook post. “We will be here on Washington cranking out tacos and BBQ until then!” the restaurant said.

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