Final days for Miyake Diner


Masa Miyake, left, and William Garfield in their new diner last July.

So long Miyake Diner, we hardly knew thee. Never made it to the months-old sake skillet on Portland’s Spring Street? You’ve got till Wednesday. After eight years, chef Masa Miyake, 51, and partner William Garfield, 26, are parting ways.

The duo, who also run Pai Men Miyake on State Street and Miyake on Fore Street, announced their split in a press release Monday morning.

To Miyake, “This is a very positive change for both of us. Will was my first employee when I opened Food Factory Miyake in 2007, and was only eighteen years old at the time. Since then, we have worked together to establish the Miyake name as a pillar in the ever-competitive Portland dining scene. It will be an adjustment for our staff and patrons, but I know that it is time for Will to move on to a project that is his own.”

Miyake, a 2014 James Beard semi-finalist, will continue to run his popular, rave-worthy spots. Garfield takes over the diner on Thursday, when it closes for renovation. It will re-open under a new name, team and concept.

Wonder if the “ever-competitive Portland dining scene,” has anything to do with celeb chef Cara Stadler’s dim sum house opening next door in the former West End Deli?

This will be the first time since 2007 that Miyake has not dished out Japanese soul food at this address. His late-night concept that opened in January at 129 Spring Street never seemed to catch fire.

What does Garfield have up his sleeve? No reveal yet.

“Masa has been an amazing mentor throughout the past eight years, but we both agree that it’s time for me to move on to different projects outside of the Miyake name,” he said in a statement.

File under amicable celebrity divorce. We wish them both well.

Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.