Oregon’s restaurant industry struggling, new film sheds light on issues

In this March 15, 2020 file photo, a Red Robin restaurant in Tigard, Oregon has closed some tables in order to maintain social distancing between diners in accordance with CDC guidelines. (AP Photo / Gillian Flaccus, file)

PORTLAND, Ore– New documentary-style film chronicles the restaurant industry in Oregon during Covid-19. Greg Higgins Chef-Owner of Restaurant Higgins has teamed up with Brian Kimmel of Optic Nerve Productions to provide an accurate video history of the impacts on the restaurant community. The film titled “Unsavory Times” examines agriculture and the contribution of products to the restaurant community. The film runs from late March 2020 through Thanksgiving weekend.

Restaurants must deal with all the changing protocols and regulations. Social unrest, riots and forest fires are taken into account. Greg Higgins says, “You can quantify it in different ways. Being stubborn and having patience is necessary to go through this stuff. “

The film premiered last night, followed by a panel discussion with another restaurant owner and the Oregon Restaurant Association.

You can see the 29-minute production on:


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Cecil N. Messick