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The Old Spaghetti Factory heads to Sherwood

Restaurant in the Walmart complex could be up by the fall.


Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY - The interior of The Old Spaghetti Factory is know for its use of old trolleys, which serve as dining booths.Sherwood will soon be home to The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.

Plans are underway to construct the restaurant, whose corporate headquarters are in Portland, on a pad at Parkway Village in Sherwood (the Walmart complex). Parkway Village is being developed by Gramor Development out of Tualatin.

“We’re excited about it,” Ryan Durett, director of marketing for The Old Spaghetti Factory, said of the planned Sherwood site. “Sherwood has been a location we’ve had our eye on for some time now.”

If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be up and running by the fall.

The addition will bring to four the number of The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurants in the Portland-metro area. The other three are located in Portland, Clackamas and Hillsboro (in the Tanasborne area). In addition, The Old Spaghetti Factory opened a location in Corvallis in November.

Durett said the square footage of the new restaurant has yet to be determined and the company is in the preliminary stages of producing architectural renderings for the new site.

“I can tell you it will be a smaller footprint than some of our larger … downtown urban buildings,” he said. “It will be more comparable to the Tanasborne location than the Portland location.”

He said he expects the interior to contain the unique décor that the restaurants are known for: antique furnishings including oversized chairs and antique lighting, as well as seating inside refurbished trolley cars.

Durett said Sherwood proved to be an ideal location based on a number of factors.

“When we look at the tradition of The Old Spaghetti Factory, it’s built on families and strong communities,” he said. “That market, we believe, is one that would embrace our brand.”

Durett said the restaurant chain believes strongly in its long-standing recipes made from scratch that include three-course meals consisting of bread, soup or salad along with a main entrée and a dessert.

Meanwhile, Durett said The Old Spaghetti Factory is big on working with community groups.

“It’s always fun when you feel there’s an opportunity to build great relationships in a community and we feel that way about Sherwood," said Durett.

The original The Old Spaghetti Factory was opened by Guss and Sally Dussin in 1969 at Second and Pine in downtown Portland. The Sherwood location will be the company’s 43rd restaurant.

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