Toro Bravo Inc. is John and Renee Gorham's restaurant and design group. John Gorham is Executive Chef/Owner of iconic Portland restaurants Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons, Tasty n Alder, PLAZA DEL TORO and co-owner of Mediterranean Exploration Company, Shalom Y'all, and Bless Your Heart Burgers. Gorham believes that a chef’s cuisine and style is influenced by a trade route composed of travels, past work and cities lived in.
Gorham celebrates a range of global cuisines at his influential restaurants; each with a unique identity but all embodying the quintessential Portland dining experience of family-style dishes, house-made charcuterie and seasonal sustainably-sourced ingredients.
Toro Bravo Inc. is always guided more by intuition and the desire to realize its dreams than by market strategies and expansion plans. Following their instincts, John and Renee Gorham have built, step-by-step, and with their entire team’s support, a solid, innovative and uniquely formulated business plan. A business plan that has energized Portland’s restaurants panorama. Its success, achieved through an ongoing commitment to educate and nurture their staff from entry level to partner has encouraged them to slowly expand the business with more restaurants, each one independently conceived and planned with the best care. Each of the group’s restaurants has its own character, the result of a studied balance between the gastronomy and each space’s design. The cuisine is highly creative, but based on tradition and always made with the best quality products. Likewise, John Gorham, responsible for the design, has always sought to create original and inviting spaces, which make meals a social act filled with pleasure and meaning.