Maybe it's because Portland is becoming a chef-driven restaurant town that larger restaurant spaces are not as desirable as they once were. For a chef wanting to start his or her own restaurant, start-up, labor, rent, and operational costs are much lower in a space 2,000 square feet and 50 seats.
Perhaps that's why the cavernous space that formerly housed Fernando's Hideway, a Latin-themed enclave that featured salsa dancing and Spanish cuisine in the heart of the Historic Yamhill District, is in fact not going to be a new restaurant. Um, far from it. The quaint storefront at 824 SW 1st Avenue is reportedly re-opening as an adult swingers club. Yep, you read that correctly, Downtown Portland is about to get a new palace to polyamory.
Wait, it gets even better. Well-placed gossip also has it that club is affiliated with Ron Jeremy, an adult film star who, according to Wikipedia, also answers to the name "Hedgehog." Whether the porn star Jeremy is affiliated with the investment group backing the venture or has simply sold naming rights has not been confirmed. What's certain is that the nearby Hotel Fifty, a recently rehabbed mid-century modern hotel one block north, is going to see a big rise in business.