COVID-19 Pandemic Leads To 255 Lost Restaurant Jobs In Portland, Oregon


Restaurants have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 outbreak with some states shutting down these businesses for multiple weeks. The impact of the decision to shut down is being felt swiftly. On March 18, 2020, Punch Bowl Portland LLC submitted a WARN with the Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit. The letter explains that the company will be permanently laying off 83 workers at its Portland, Oregon location.

The restaurant was located at 340 SW Morrison Street Suite 4305. The layoff is expected to be permanent. The company claims that the layoffs have been caused by “unexpected and unforeseen business circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disaster”. The impacted workers were notified on March 16, 2020 and laid off immediately.

That WARN can be found here. Elmer’s Restaurants Incorporated also submitted a WARN related to layoffs in Portland, Oregon. The company will be laying off at several locations across Oregon and Washington. The WARN explains that the decision to lay off workers was made due to Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown ordering restaurants and bars to close for dining in.

The letter explains that this has directly affected the operations of Elmer’s Restaurants. The company will be temporarily laying off 83 employees in Washington State and 296 employees in Oregon. Many of the layoffs will impact the city of Portland.

  • 9848 North Whitaker Road Portland, Oregon – 48 employees impacted
  • 9660 SE Stark Street Portland, Oregon – 59 employees impacted
  • 10001 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland, Oregon – 38 employees impacted
  • 1933 NE 181st Avenue Portland, Oregon – 27 employees impacted

Workers have been given written notice of the temporary layoffs as well as information regarding applying for unemployment during the temporary layoff. The full WARN has been made available here.

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