On Thursday, April 4, east Portland restaurateur Stephen P. Yaw, Sr., who owns the recently opened Yaw’s Top Notch Restaurant in Gateway, was arrested in connection with an alleged assault on his live-in girlfriend and employee.
*Arrested at the restaurant and taken downtown for booking, Yaw bailed out of jail the same day.
Asked for comment on the arrest, Yaw said, in an email, “Yes I would love to comment on it. Especially since you have gone from the Mid-county-Memo to the Mid-county-Enquirer !!!!”
Jackie Hogan, the alleged victim, said she met Steve Yaw in June 2012 when she was looking for a job.
Having previously worked at Elmer’s and Red Robin restaurants her entire career, she said she was hired as a parking lot greeter before the restaurant opened.
Hogan said the second day on the job, Yaw was sending her inappropriate and lewd text messages trying to seduce her. “He fell all in love with me,” she said. She tolerated it, because it was so hard to find work, she said. “It took me two years to find a job, I wasn’t going to lose this one over that.”
Moving in with Yaw in December, Hogan said she did it to be closer to the job.
Rising to be Yaw’s general manger, and on the inside of the operation, Hogan said she is appalled at how Yaw treats people. “I had to listen to all the horrible stuff Steve did to these people and keep my mouth shut,” she said. “I’ve been seeing how barbaric he is to human beings.”
Since her name isn’t on the lease, Hogan said she has to move out of the apartment they were sharing.
*Due to improper wording, this post was corrected on 4/19/. **To delete insensitive wording, a change in the caption was made on 4/21/.