• Later, this area was all windows with a door on each side (before I think you could only enter from the other side of the building). During christmas time, they had a Santa statue that they'd put here so people driving by could see it. I forget if the Santa was just a statue or if it moved.
  • Over here was quite possibly the longest crosswalk in Portland. You'd press the little crosswalk button over by the Sambo's and when the light finally turned, you have precious few seconds to make it probably 60 feet across.

The old Henry Thiele's restaurant

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Here’s more info:

"German-born Thiele trained under European chefs and became an expert candy maker before immigrating to the United States in 1904. After serving as chef at numerous hotels and operating independent restaurants, he joined the staff of the Benson Hotel in Portland as Chief Steward in 1914.

He opened his own restaurant in 1921, and by 1928 had acquired two coffee shops, seven private dining rooms, a banquet and dance hall, and a main dining room. As a side-light, he was chef at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition and operated numerous concessions there. He also ran an active catering business.

In January 1932, he purchased the Gambrinus Brewery at W. Burnside and N.W. 23rd Avenue in Portland, and on the site he built a large Mediterranean style restaurant. The popular restaurant, which beared his name, featured an extensive menu including many German dishes such as his famous German pancakes."

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  1. poetryraingirl 82 months ago | reply

    This place was classic with with lifetime waitresses.

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