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Olive and Grape to close as owner battles breast cancer

Husband and wife ran the Westlake bistro for four years


After running their dream business for four years, Chris and Ellie Hatzi are closing the doors of the Olive and the Grape restaurant to better deal with her breast cancer. The restaurant has gone way beyond their expectations.

“It’s a lot like the restaurants we all grew up with. You got to know what people like to eat, what they like to drink and recognized them and greeted them by name when they came in,” Chris Hatzi told KOIN 6 News. But about three weeks ago, a cloud showed up on their horizon when Ellie Hatzi was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple decided to liquidate the restaurant — and devote their entire energy to fighting cancer.” It became important to focus on her health, and the restaurant became secondary,” he told KOIN.

For regular customers like Terri Pace, the deal she got on a closeout of the restaurant’s wine selection last weekend hardly made up for the loss of the home-away-from-home restaurant she had come to love.”It’s to support them and mainly just to stop by and give a hug and say goodbye, but not goodbye for good,” Pace said.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the Olive and the Grape will hold a liquidation sale this Friday and Saturday to get rid of everything still in the restaurant, including tables and chairs, wine racks, custom lighting and commercial equipment.

The restaurant is located at 14559 Westlake Drive in Lake Oswego.

In addition, Chris Hatzi said he planned to post a link to a CarePages website so friends and fans can track Ellie Hatzi’s progress. For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at on.fb.me/18DzOAa.

— KOIN 6 News, the Review’s broadcast news partner, contributed to this story.

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