Here is the winter break closure schedule for local eateries, wineries, breweries, chocolate shops, and more.
Post first made in December 2021. Updated 1/14/22. Editor's note: We have decided to leave in place closures that have happened in the past and will continue to update the list as the season continues.
Many Columbia Gorge eateries and wineries shut down for a few weeks in winter for season rest before the busy spring and summer tourist season. Below, find a list of temporary closures for local establishments. If you would like to see a list of places that are permanently closed, please click here.
Grasslands Barbecue: Currently closed (1/1/22) but re-opening later this winter.
Henni's (White Salmon): Closed for winter rest January 1, 2022 through January 18, 2022.
Feast Market & Delicatessen: Closed Jan 15-24. Reopening January 25.
Gorges Beer Co.: Closed 1/13-1/18.
Broder Ost: On winter break 12/31/21 through 1/3/22
Columbia Gorge Confections: Closed 12/31/21-1/5/22
While the tasting rooms for these wineries are closed, many offer online ordering and delivery during times they are closed.
Aniche Cellars: Re-opening January 15, 2022
Grateful Vineyard: Winter Rest January 3rd -13th. Reopening on the January 14.
Viento: Re-opening January 22
Stoltz: Closed for the season.
Hood Crest Winery: Closed December 20, 2021-February 2, 2022.
Mt. Hood Winery: Closed until March
Wy'East Vineyard and Wheel's food truck: Closed December 20, 2021 - February 10, 2022.
The Gorge White House: Closed January and February 2022.
Halley M. is just over $16k short of raising enough funds to kickstart her plan to open a Puerto Rican food truck here in the Gorge.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Halley’s passion for food goes back to her youth. She spent hours at a time in the kitchen with her grandmother and great grandmother, even if it meant all she got to do was hang out and wash dishes.
Now, after spending a decade in the Gorge, Halley wants to bring her roots here. She notes on her Kickstarter page “I believe we need more diversity in the area. Being able to bring Puerto Rican cuisine to the area would be a dream come true for me.”
(And it’s true, could we get some Indian food up in here? Ethiopian? Nepalese please?)
Downwinder Tacos to Expand
Each spring-fall, the Downwinder opens up shop on the pier at the Hood River Event Site. The truck pumps out some of the region's most delicious tacos and frosé, keeping beachgoers and river-sports doers fed and cool. Then, when winter comes, the duo that owns the truck packs up and heads off on winter adventures. But, this year, the masterminds were busy cooking up a new idea: what if they expanded?
And 6 days ago, the news broke: we don't get just one Downwinder this spring. We get two!
The Downwinder has taken over the space downtown that is occupied by Basik Açai Café (112 Oak St.). So what's the deal with the new space? We reached out to the owners to ask. Here's what they had to say:
Question: Will the new eatery have the same name/menu/concept as your truck down on the pier? Answer: same name/menu/concept, yes! But we will expand on it. We will continue to offer our signature tacos + some sharable options. In addition, we will have rotating/seasonal plates/bowls such as a summer poke bowl, winter stews, and other globally inspired dishes.
Question: Will you continue to operate the truck on the pier while also running the downtown shop? Answer: Yes! This is a Downwinder expansion so the cart will still operate during the summer at the event site!
Question: What's the vibe you're going for with the decor/music/menu for the new shop? Answer: funky + eclectic (see a sneak peek, below!)
Question: Is there anything else you want to share with the public? Answer: We are genuinely so excited to have a home base on Oak that allows us to serve the community year-around! We hope to be a local hang out offering good eats, tasty drinks, and an intentional atmosphere. Every design element has been mindfully made, right down to our curated playlists to create a really special environment.
Kids menu: Yes!
Opening date: Aiming for spring
Alcohol: Yes! Beer, wine, signature frosé, and a new signature margarita- available frozen or on the rocks.
The New Space
Monarch Hot Chicken comes to Hood River
by Melissa Haskin/Hood River Eats
On January 29, Monarch Hot Chicken will have its second pop-up event here in Hood River. Run by chef Ryan Hunter, the business seeks to perfect one thing: Nashville-style Hot Chicken. Hunter describes his chicken as packing a hefty dose of cayenne-forward heat. At the January 29 dinner, it will be served on a Hawaiian-style hamburger bun with smokey aioli, slaw, and pickles.
You may know Hunter from kitchens around the Gorge: White Salmon Baking, Pixan, and Kickstand (where he is currently employed). Before that, Hunter worked in kitchens from Alaska to Minneapolis to Martha's Vineyard. His last stop before the Gorge: Coquine -- you know, that fancy place everyone from Food & Wine to Esquire brags about.
The idea for his pop-up came from a recent trip to visit family in LA. While noshing on some delicious hot chicken, he thought to himself that the Gorge could use a hot chicken place and he could be just the guy to bring it to us.
We asked Hunter what we ask most chefs: "What do you want people to experience when they eat your food/how do you want them to feel during/after?" His response?
You ever see the 1996 film The Big Night? It's one of my favorite food-centric films. After a massive, multi-course spread, the dinner guests are sunk back in their chairs in a heavy-lidded fugue state resembling post-coital bliss. A sensory experience so intense and gratifying it borders on the transcendent. Can hot chicken provide such an experience? I'll give it a shot.
If you go:
Where: Working Hands, 1021 12th St Suite 102, Hood River, OR 97031
What: Monarch Fried Chicken will be serving up a "feast" including the Monarch Hot Chicken sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, and cornbread cake.
When: 3 p.m. until sold out. No reservations or pre-orders.
Drinks: Beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages available for individual purchase.
Payment: Card or cash accepted. $25 per plate.
Hunter's next outing will also be at Working Hands, where he will be providing a bar food menu on Super Bowl Sunday.
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What's Open/Closed 1/6/22
Y'all know it, it has been a snow globe here in Hood River. Once again, 84 closed for some of the day. While our road has cleared up, I don't know how the rest of HR looks, bad I'm guessing because the list of eatery closures is pretty long today.
Fishpeople Seafood Market at Hood River
KickStand Coffee & Kitchen
White Salmon Baking Co.
STOKED Roasters (Hood River, OR)
Common House (opening late)
Mugen Noodle Bar
NY City Sub Shop (open until 4)
Fox-Tail Cider & Distillery
Celilo Restaurant and Bar
Grace Su's China Gorge Restaurant
River Daze Cafe
Full Sail Brewing Company
Stave and Stone
Ferment Brewing Company
We also have a running list of winter break closures for local eateries and breweries. See this link.
Moth Lounge (105 4th St, Hood River, OR 97031)
Crazy Pepper (now running as Modern Taco. Same owners, different concept)
The Pescatarian Cafe (108 US-30, Hood River, OR 97031)
No. 9 Smōk•hous (108 US-30, Hood River, OR 97031)
The Ranch Drive In (1950 12th St, Hood River, OR 97031)
Cindy's Espresso and More (Moby purchased the coffee stand, 1540 Osprey Dr, Hood River, OR 97031)
Kaze Japanese Restaurant (Mugen is open in the space, now. 212 4th St, Hood River, OR 97031)
Big Horse/Horsefeathers (115 State St, Hood River, OR 97031)
Brian's Pourhouse (606 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031)
What a year! As we look back on 2021, it's crazy to remember that we started the year with risk levels. In April, we were still in "High Risk," which allowed for indoor dining not to exceed 25% or 50 people. There were rules on closing times (11 pm in high risk) and how many people could sit at a table (6 max in Oregon). As the vaccines rolled out and cases subsided, there was a brief window where the mask mandate was withdrawn and we lived in glorious mask-free freedom. "It's over!" some of us thought. COVID has another plan in mind, obviously. As we finish out 2021, we wanted to take a moment to recap the year and the changes that HR and the Columbia Gorge experienced. Let's start with something fun: new restaurants, food trucks, and eateries that opened this year:
2021 Restaurant, Food Truck, and Market Openings
In 2021, the following food and drink-related businesses opened in our area:
Restaurants and Food Trucks that Closed in 2021
Media Coverage of the Gorge
From famous NYT wine critic Eric Asimov to Travel & Leisure, everyone wanted a piece of Oregon to brag about this year. A few notable news articles about our region included:
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