Chef Ryan Callahan says he has closed his new Southeast Portland ramen shop after a carjacker stabbed him multiple times. Callahan, who opened his restaurant Menya Hokusei this summer under the Hawthorne Bridge, posted on Instagram announcing the closure, briefly describing the incident. “My restaurant doesn’t run without me,” Callahan writes. “So until I’m back on my feet we will remain closed.”
Callahan says that after a night out with a friend in Salem, the two had fallen asleep in his car to avoid driving while intoxicated. At around 2 a.m. Saturday, November 5, he says he woke up to a man stabbing him in the leg and neck, hitting an artery in the leg. Losing blood quickly, he passed out again.
“The paramedics said if they had arrived 15 minutes later, I would have died,” he says.