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  • Kurt Fedewa on behalf of Downtown Portland


Bill and Rachelle Fabiano are the proud owners of Fabiano’s River House Bar and Grill, a multi-faceted restaurant serving Portland and the greater community.

Bill and Rachelle bought the restaurant from Bill’s aunt and uncle in April of 2016. Bill is a full-time fire fighter employed in Grand Rapids and Rachelle works for a local credit union. Bill runs the restaurant as an additional venture.

“We specialize in pizza, calzone’s, salads and burgers,” said Bill. “But we also feature steak, salmon, grinders and wet burritos,” he added. “We have a bit of everything.”

Bill is continuing to offer special services to customers. A burger, french fries and a soda can be had for only ten dollars. He also added delivery service in March of last year.

Delivery is available from 11 am to 9 pm. It is offered to customers who are located within a five mile radius of the restaurant.

In addition to delivery, the pandemic has spurred Bill to be creative in other ways about his business. Outdoor dining is now available to customers during the winter months. Bill has installed tables with fire pits built into their center in order to keep guests warm. Four patio heaters have been added. A fireplace on the patio additionally serves to keep customers comfortable during winter dining. Bill says that thirty-two people can be seated out of doors, making the restaurant compliant with present demands for safety.

Bill employs twenty-three people. The restaurant has temporarily suspended serving breakfast. Breakfast will again be offered at some point in the future.

Bill was born and raised in Portland and he thinks highly of this community.

“This community has rallied around each other during the most difficult year that most people will probably ever experience,” he said. “We thank everyone for the support that they have offered to us. We are proud to be part of Portland and we hope to be here for many years to come.”

This article was originally published in the February 2020 newsletter from Downtown Portland. You can find the full newsletter HERE.

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