Press Release

September 21 , 2018

Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant Raises Awareness for Alzheimer’s with 1st Purple Table Reservation Restaurant in West

Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant becomes first Purple Table Reservation restaurant on the West Coast, making special accomodations for people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Autism, PTSD, TBI or a hearing or vision impairment.

Portland, OR

Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant recently made history by becoming the first Purple Table Reservation restaurant on the West Coast. Ernesto’s is helping to get the word out about Purple Table Reservation restaurants in honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

This special reservation restaurant training program is designed for people who are living with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, PTSD, TBI, a hearing or vision impairment, or other physical or cognitive condition that may benefit from a more predictable environment and additional accommodations when dining out.

“I was approached by a regular guest who had heard of the program and thought of our restaurant. After doing some research and talking with my wife Karen and our staff I realized how many of us are affected by these terrible afflictions. We felt this was one way we could serve the community,” said Chris Wegner, owner of Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, which is located at 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225.

When making a Purple Table Reservation, patrons can be assured the restaurant and its staff will go above and beyond to make their dining out experience enjoyable and successful. There is a Purple Table app that gives participating restaurants contact information. When people call to make the reservation, they use the code word “Purple Table,” which tells the restaurant’s team they need to have special accommodations for that party discreetly. Ernesto’s will provide the accommodations that work best, along with a little extra patience and attention from its staff who have been trained to understand different needs and how to best try and accommodate.

For over thirty years, Ernesto’s has offered a cozy atmosphere that is both family-friendly and appealing to adults. Its owners take pride in creating a place for friends and family together.

About Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant

Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from traditional pasta, lasagna, fettuccine and pizza to chef-inspired specials, handcrafted soups and homemade tiramisu. The generous meatballs are hand-rolled daily, along with the fresh focaccia bread and pizza dough. Its full-service lounge is a place for the neighborhood to meet for food, drinks, and fun during the great happy hour. For more information, please call 503-292-0119, or visit

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