Ataula, Northwest Portland’s Essential Spanish Restaurant, Has Permanently Closed

Ataula will not reopen. Portland Monthly was the first to break the news that the beloved Spanish restaurant from José Chesa and Cristina Baez would not be opening its doors again—it’s largely due, like so many others, to the pandemic. A social media post from the restaurant also pointed to some health issues as another reason for closing. Regardless, the loss of Ataula is yet another blow to Portland’s already diminished hospitality community.

The cozy, buzzy Spanish restaurant opened in 2013 and quickly gained a steadfast following for its take on Spanish dining, with sizzling platters of paella, playful tapas, brandy cocktails, and European wines. Its patatas bravas

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