Odor Complaints Closed This Vietnamese Restaurant. Now, Portland Its Changing Its Rules.

When Pho Gabo closed its Fremont location at the end of February, a sign on the door told customers the indefinite shuttering was due to “the city’s and the neighborhood’s complaints about the smell of the food that we grill and the foods that we serve customers.” Plenty of people, including organizations like the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), were up in arms over what smacked of racial or xenophobic bias, given Pho Gabo’s proximity to other restaurants who were not cited with odor complaints.

To address these concerns, Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio announced on March 27 that

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