Read this review and Hurley's sounds really interesting. Not sure about the review though. They seem to get the food out of the way by noting up front that it's great so they can go on to knock the place for its "vibe". Annoying.
Do all restaurants in Portland have to cater to people like me (and Mario Batali, btw) who like to wear shorts all year long no matter where we go? Personally, I've been lamenting the loss of Couvron because Portland lacks a true haute cuisine restaurant. We've got bistros and bistro-styled places galore. Even our one truly multi-course prix fixe restaurant, Genoa, tends towards rustic in style. That's fine. I like it all. But I like variety as well, and that includes haute cuisine. I'd love it if we had a French Laundry with it's clever offerings, a Trio with its abstract offerings, or a Commander's Palace with its showmanship. It'd be nice to be able to take an out of towner from NY, Chicago, LA, or SF and actually impress them with a dining experience.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying Hurley's, probably after 25 for $25 is gone and I'm back from Mexico.