After 44 Years Tortilla Flat in Portland Closes Their Doors for Good
Another classic closes up shop.
I remember Tortilla Flat as one of the first places I went to when I moved to Portland back in 1987. I loved it. I always loved sitting on their big and spacious porch. It was always a fun place with great food and even better prices. They were the place you went for a big gathering or a first date. They announced on Facebook that the family-owned business is finally shutting its doors.
I don't know the Powell Family as I wasn't a regular. I went there regularly, but wouldn't consider myself a regular. But they had many. The comments on this post on Facebook prove they were loved and will be missed. Especially in the Riverton neighborhood that claimed this as their own. There aren't a ton of restaurants in that area of Portland. It's in Portland, but definitely on the outskirts of Forest Avenue. As you drive Forest Avenue into town, places get smaller, fancier, and way more expensive.
They have employed a ton of people since opening in 1978. It's obvious that they felt like family when they worked there.
It wasn't just employees that felt like family. Many customers have made the kind of memories you do when you frequent a place for decades.
There is some silver lining to this sad closing. They have a location in Merrimack, New Hampshire. I know, I know...but it's the same family just a different state. If you are hankering for Tex-Mex and some Tortilla Flat memories - head south.
Good luck Powell family. You will be missed in Portland.