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Berlin Inn Restaurant and Bakery
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Exterior of the building which housed the Berlin Inn from 1992 to 2013, in 2021
Restaurant information
Established 1992 (1992)
Closed June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)
Food type German
Street address 3131 Southeast 12th Avenue
City Portland
County Multnomah
State Oregon
Postal/ZIP code 97202
Country United States
Coordinates 45°30′01″N 122°39′12″W / 45.5004°N 122.6534°W / 45.5004; -122.6534Coordinates: 45°30′01″N 122°39′12″W / 45.5004°N 122.6534°W / 45.5004; -122.6534

The Berlin Inn Restaurant and Bakery (or simply the Berlin Inn) was a German restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Description

The restaurant operated in a "gasthaus" (converted house) at 12th Avenue and Powell in southeast Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood. Grant Butler of The Oregonian described the old house's interior as "cozy". The menu featured German cuisine and included cheese blintzes, fondue, rouladen, sauerbraten, sausages, and schnitzel, as well as German beers and wines. Scrambles with homemade veal sausage were available on the brunch menu.

History

Karen Brauer was a co-owner of the Berlin Inn, which opened in 1992 and operated for 21 years. Todd Haynes frequented the restaurant. In June 2013, Brauer confirmed plans to close and reopen under a new name:

This Saturday will be the last day that you will be able to enjoy the fabulous recipes of The Berlin Inn before we close for a month, after which we will re-open as The Brooklyn House Restaurant... Same house, same staff and a fresh new approach to European-style dining. Local, seasonal, comforting fresh food and beverages; leisurely dining; options for everyone, regardless of dietary preferences. From meat and potatoes to vegan and gluten free, all of our guests will have plenty of options for a delicious meal.

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2021 photograph of the exterior of the building which housed the Berlin Inn, with a sign for Hamono Sushi

The Berlin Inn closed on June 22. The restaurant's general manager Erica Litzner became a co-owner of Brooklyn House Restaurant (or simply Brooklyn House), along with Lisa Samuels. The duo had previously operated the business Eat Here Now Fresh Local Food together. The restaurant's menu featured dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan "European-style" comfort food. Some former Berlin Inn employees worked at the Brooklyn House, which opened in August 2013. The aesthetic remained similar, according to Walker MacMurdo of Willamette Week.

By 2020, sushi chef Albert Chen had opened the restaurant Hamono Sushi in the house which was previously occupied by the Berlin Inn and Brooklyn House, following "a period of inactivity".

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