Old Europe Inn Closes, Owner to Open New Restaurant



(for more information check-out Orupa's Facebook page)
This is from an email sent in by Hans Afshar owner of Old Europe Inn.. Orupa is under construction at the Water Place Building on Liberty.

Stay tuned for pictures of Orupa's progress --to be posted later today.

As of August 12th, the oldest restaurant in Salem closed its door. (Old Europe Inn ). Thanks people for supporting us since 1984. We will reopen with new location and new name. The new name will be Orupa and it serve new American cuisine, (O STANDS FOR OREGON AND RUPA FOR EUROPE) it is Oregon ingredients with European flair and old tradition, we will be open late September and our new location will be Water Place on 500 Liberty. Our style will be casual upscale serving lunch, dinner and brunch. We get away from fine dining, but we continue serve our fine food. we use 90% organic in our cooking and ingredients. all our bakery will be organic. We serve dessert and bread for those with diabetes.

17 comments:

Vegan's Nightmare said...

I'm excited for Orupa, but I'll miss Old Europe.

Chuck Bradley said...

A change in menu with the change in venue! I'm excited about the new place. But it's a shame both places and dining concepts couldn't have coexisted. I shall miss Old Europe Inn.

jeff said...

At 26 years old it was the oldest restaurant in Salem? I think Whites, among many others (heck, I think Paddington's has been here longer than that, much less McGraths) might dispute that.

KandN said...

Jeff, I'm not sure what Hans meant by that. If I remember, I'll ask him today.

Casey M Lucas said...

Really excited to have another restaurant opening downtown! Can't wait to try it!!!

Salem Man said...

Looks like lots of big windows. Is there a view of the creek?

KandN said...

We couldn't see out of the windows when we were inside, because of the protective plastic, but I don't think you can see the creek. I did notice the metal work over what might be the service window.

Anonymous said...

I was in the Waterplace building recently to shoot some photographs for a client... the new restaurant is on the front, or street-side of the building facing Liberty. Behind it is parking, so no view of the creek. It is mostly windows though on all sides, which I think gives it a cool vibe. The restaurant has it's own entrance.

The building is GORgeous, just absolutely beautifully done. It feels like a different place than Salem when you're inside.

We don't have that many upscale dining choices here in town so I'm really exited to try their new menu! Hopefully they'll have a smart bartender too. Looking forward to trying it out!

-guitar4me

Anonymous said...

Really? I feel like Salem has several upscale dining choices: DaVinci's, La Cap, Jonathan's, Alessandro's, Amadeus, Caruso's, Prudence Uncorked, Morton's.

Anonymous said...

I guess I should have said there aren't that many in town where I care to spend my money. Not trying to be rude, just honest.

Chuck Bradley said...

Took a peek at Orupa's location (assuming it's the south end of the ground floor of Water Place) yesterday. There's no way they're going to hit their mark of opening by the end of September. October or November would be my guess. I'm really anxious to try this place!

Anonymous said...

There are some nice restaurants in Salem, and it's A-OK to have another. This sounds like a great venue, a bit of a change of pace. I am excited to check it out.

Pam said...

I drive by the building every day on my way home from work. It's true; the building and restaurant interior are stunningly gorgeous. And good news - this past week it looks as if there are folks having dinner inside. Maybe they're already had their soft opening?

KandN said...

Pam, I'm pretty sure they've been open since Monday. I don't know about you, but I'm excited to go give the place a try.

Anonymous said...

OK, I gave Orupa a try. I liked Old Europe Inn. Don't think I'll be back. Service was OK, food was OK. But don't wait 15 minutes to bring me 2 flavorless rolls. Then bring my salad and immediately bring me my dinner. Bad timing. They eventually did get busy, but was not busy when I was first there. My dinner was lukewarm. If this place was supposed to be less expensive, well it wasn't. I'd love for a local place to succeed but they either have to have good service or good food but when they've got neither, they are lucky they were affiliated with OEI.

Anonymous said...

I dined at Orupa last night after weeks of excitedly waiting for the chance. I can't imagine ever going back as they missed far more than they hit.
The service was lackluster as our waiter couldn't seem to keep our drinks filled and would often disappear for long periods of time. The 3 of us also didn't get our food at the same time by about 4 minutes. Also, we didn't hear about the specials until another server told a nearby table of them.
The food was nothing special for their premium rates. I had a shrimp pasta that was covered in black pepper to give it heat. The 5 shrimp in the dish were all overcooked. My dining companions got a puff pastry with smoked salmon that was reportedly nearly flavorless. The winner of the evening was my girlfriend who went with the burger. It was delicious and the amount of fries that came with it was beyond generous. Oh, and the bread that came with my pasta was cold and just not very good, which the dipping aioli didn't completely overcome.
The dishes and plates were all very chic, but the flatware was the cheapest, oldest and most scratched I've seen outside of Goodwill's bargain bin, to the point it was a little distracting. I'm nitpicking, but it just confused me.
Finally, and what annoyed me the most, is that their online menu and restaurant menu are close, but not accurate at all. For example, their website lists American Kobe beef for their burger, but in restaurant its listed as Angus. Also, about everything on their website is $.50-$2.50 less than when you actually get there. Their menu is also larger online.
I'm not mad at all over anything about my dining experience, I'm just disappointed that they could be great and they failed to rise to the occasion in nearly every aspect.

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