Hungry Tiger is Dead


I went to Holman’s the other day and saw this sorry sight. The Hungry Tiger is officially gone. Even though it was a really crappy bar, and I wouldn’t have eaten there if you paid me, it sucks to see another icon of the neighborhood go away. I know change is a constant, but I’m concerned that this might be the beginning of a new trend in and around 28th, tearing down the old historic buildings and tossing in some newfangled structure that has no sensitivity to the existing architecture. 28th has been a really nice example of an area that has reinvented itself while utilizing and respecting the storefronts that have been around forever. The Laurelhurst, which from what I’ve heard used to be an X-rated theater way back, has taken the McMinniman’s approach towards preserving beautiful old buildings and giving them new life. I guess I’ll have to sit back and see what happens on 28th and the neighborhood in general. I just hope the Laurethirst doesn’t go away. Even though the bar staff can be a bit aloof, it’s one of the better places to see local freaky bands, and I would miss all the dusty decor cluttering the walls and some of the most interesting graffiti decorating the women’s bathroom.

3 Comments so far

  1. Bob R. (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    For more info, see this Oregonian article:

    And this WWeek article:

    The O article mentions the restaurant will return after construction.

    There was an article a few months ago, which I can’t find today, which mentioned that the family owners of the building and restaurant had elected to go this route, so in this case at least it wasn’t the case of outside landlords or developers forcing out an existing business.

    – Bob R.

  2. george (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    the building wasn’t really that remarkable- well i really liked the funny red “horns” that they added as a vague asian theme.

    also, my usual sadness associated with the loss of a building is tempered by knowing that the local family that owns the building is probably going to do quite well with the deal.

    i hate begrudging longtime residents their fair share of the pie. they stuck out that corner when it wasn’t exactly the nicest spot in portland.

  3. Jonpaul (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    What a bummer. I had many a good drunken, pool, playing, binges in that place.

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