For Portland's epicurean elite, Lucier seemed like a shimmering dream when it opened earlier this year. The shining glass beacon to fine dining, located on the banks of the Willamette on the South Waterfront, promised to be Portland's new dining destination for those who didnâ€™t blanch at the thought of laying down a couple hundred bucks for dinner.
But last week, that dream faded as Chris Dussin, head of Dussin Group (which owns Lucier, Pearl District's Fenouil, and the Old Spaghetti Factory) announced that due to the current economic situation, they would be closing their doors until further notice.
Dussin told the Portland Business Journal that the Dussin Group had enough money to keep the Lucier closed for up to a year. The hope is that the ritzy restaurant open again in early summer.
Though the economic crisis carries most of the blame for Lucier's demise, the restaurant also suffered from a few devastating reviews. If they do open up again, it will likely happen with a good amount of staff restructuring.