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Former Toro Bravo owner John Gorham backs new Bend restaurant, Rancher Butcher Chef

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John Gorham, the one-time chef and owner behind some of Portland’s best-known restaurants, appears to be opening a new steakhouse in his transplanted home of Central Oregon, according to recent paperwork filed with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

As exclusively reported by The Oregonian/, Gorham and wife, Renee, surprised the local restaurant world last July by dissolving the sprawling Toro Bravo Inc. restaurant group shortly after threatening messages that Gorham had sent to a trans woman of color came to light. In December, the Gorhams announced they had moved to central Oregon and formed a new restaurant consulting company, Bull and Bee hospitality.

According to the new restaurant’s website, Rancher Butcher Chef is a “butcher counter and steakhouse” that hopes to open for “lunch, dinner and happy hour” in the fall of 2021. According to a recent liquor license application listing John Gorham and Will von Schlegell as applicants and Renee Gorham as the primary contact, the new restaurant will have nearly 100 seats, including 26 outdoors and a 10-seat bar. Renee Gorham did not return an email seeking more information earlier this week.

Rancher Butcher Chef is listed as the “anchor restaurant tenant” in press materials for The Grove, a new mixed-use commercial development from Project, a self-described “values-driven real estate developer.” The Grove, at 2838 N.W. Crossing Drive in Bend, also features new locations for several central Oregon businesses including Bend Brewing, Thump Coffee and Elly’s Ice Cream, an outdoor dining plaza, 14,000-square-foot “Market Hall,” and other tenants serving burgers, juice and Italian food.

The Grove did not immediately return requests for information about Rancher Butcher Chef.

— Michael Russell,, @tdmrussell

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2021-06-10 21:08:55

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