Downtown French Spot Bistro Agnes Will Not Reopen

In the beginning of 2018, Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton opened their little French restaurant, Bistro Agnes, in downtown Portland. Ox, their celebrated wood-fired steakhouse, had just won a James Beard Award, but their experimental restaurant Superbite wasn’t working in that space. So, they swapped the porcini marshmallows and cuttlefish noodles for filet mignon au poivre and cassoulet, focusing on fine-tuned, comforting French standards.

However, the restaurant has been closed for around half its lifetime, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Dentons reopened Ox in 2021, Bistro Agnes stayed closed, and, according to an Instagram post on the restaurant’s website, it’s going to stay that way.

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