Chez José in Portland to re-open in mid-December under new ownership!

PORTLAND, OR, December 9, 2022 — After 35 unforgettable years, Chez José in Southwest Portland closed its doors on Oct. 8, 2022. When Mark and Carla Byrum, owners of Urban Restaurant Group, heard about the closure, they were devastated. Like many other Portlanders, the Byrum’s had been dining at Chez José for more than two decades. However, as regulars amongst so many others, Mark and Carla have the resources and background to do something about the closure. Once they heard the news, they jumped in to purchase the space and keep the legacy alive. The Byrum’s plan to keep everything at Chez José the same, from the menu to the staff, even the name and logo!


8502-A SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219



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Urban Restaurant Group is a collection of local dining establishments throughout the Portland Metro area and Eugene, Oregon. These include restaurants, bars, event venues, and catering companies. 


Founded by Mark and Carla Byrum, Urban Restaurant Group is a local restaurant management and consulting group defined by a love of the Northwest region and a passion for the restaurant industry. 


Urban Restaurant Group is always expanding. As of December 2022, it is currently comprised of: 

86 Speakeasy, Gordon Tavern, Carlita’s Rooftop, Carlita’s Portland, 5th Street Eateries, Drunken Fish, BRIX Tavern Pearl, BRIX Tavern Tualatin, Metropolitan Tavern, Bartini, Urban Fondue, Taylor Street Tavern, Swine Bar, Fuller’s Coffee Shop, Fuller’s Burger Shack, Pearl Catering, Gordon Tavern Catering, Urban Venues which include Urban Studio, The West End Ballroom, and The Foundry at Oswego Pointe.

With over 30 years of exemplary industry experience and a tireless work ethic, Mark Byrum has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled expert in concept creation, restaurant management and guest service. 


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