21 thoughts on “SE 28th Avenue, 1981

  1. Before they tore down the building it was… Hungry Tiger, I believe? Remembering some serious holes in the floor. Strong drinks and some good times for sure. Cannot imagine dancers in that space.

  2. austininin is right. An article in the December 9, 1975 Oregonian (p. 24) reported that a 49 year old man had been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in the slaying of another man at the Sun and Rosie Restaurant and Lounge, 2800 E. Burnside St. Equipped with the address, I checked for mentions of it in the paper. In 1987, several ads read along these lines: “HUNGRY TIGER [phone number] 2800 E. Burnside. C BW FP. Szechuan and Cantonese Chinese dishes plus famous ½ lb. hamburgers. Hours 7 a.m.- 1 a.m. VM” There were a lot of “help wanted” ads for bartenders at the address during the same era. Earlier papers (starting at least in 1955 and going up to 1965) situates the Laurelhurst Hardware store at the same address, with ads for heaters, tools, ovens, and other household and garden equipment.

  3. I wonder if Sun & Rosie occupied the apartment above the restaurant?

    I can’t make out what is written on the bar entrance door…I see a cocktail glass and a human silhouette (a dancer?).

    The upper portion of the building was pretty poorly maintained through the years and the faux mansard roof did provide a sort of awning, but it looks ridiculous.

  4. Yeah, that became the Hungry Tiger before it was torn down around 2007. The food was terrible, but nobody went there for the food.

  5. Based on a older photo I’ve seen of this intersection, I believe the north side of this building was cut back for the 1930s Burnside St widening.
    I have fond memories of drinking at Hungry Tiger. I remember it coming down in ‘07. The building on the SE corner of SE Ankeny & 28th has some of that
    stone siding, too.
    Just to the right of the laundromat was B.W. Cobb Watch
    & Clock Repair, they moved up from around SW 2nd & Morrison

  6. On the sidewalk of E Burnside, just E of SE 28th, there was an inscription made by the family who owned the restaurant/lounge. It was right in front of the kitchen door, which opened on B-side.
    I can’t remember what it said, except the Sun & Rosie names, and possibly a year. It disappeared in the ‘07 tear-down.
    Later the sign on the 28th side read, “BIG SCREEN TV ~ POOL”
    (more useless info, fun for some VP readers)

  7. Becky — Thanks to your hint about Sun and Rosie’s surname, I found quite a few interesting bits about Sun and Rosie in the Multnomah County Public Library’s Oregonian databases (both the Historical Oregonian and the more current one). The following is the one most pertinent to our photo today:

    A bittersweet ending on a Burnside corner
    The Oregonian February 15, 2007, p.6
    Author: Stephen Beaven

    “Another glorious Portland dive, the kind of place where you could sit in a booth and have a half-pound burger or a plate of chow mein, has bitten the dust. It will be replaced by condos and shops.

    It’s a bittersweet ending for Ann and Alan Cohen, owners of the Hungry Tiger, a family-owned landmark at East Burnside Street and Southeast 28th Avenue.
    But it’s a new beginning, too.

    The Hungry Tiger Too has opened nearby on Southeast 12th Avenue, and the Cohens plan to launch a more upscale restaurant on their corner once the redevelopment is complete.

    “It’s really with a heavy heart that we’re doing this,” says Ann Cohen, sitting in the empty restaurant after it closed late last month. “We have very strong ties with the community.”

    Cohen’s parents, Sun and Rosie Wong, opened the Sun and Rosie Restaurant and Lounge in 1964. Ann and her five siblings grew up three blocks away.

    Eventually, the kids took over the family business. Ann and her four surviving siblings own the half block of property where the restaurant sat, which includes three other storefronts the family leased through the years.

    Ann and Alan own the restaurant and renamed it more than 20 years ago. It was like a neighborhood living room, Ann says, known for chop suey and potato salad.

    But as the Kerns neighborhood began to gentrify, the building that housed the restaurant began to fall apart. A few years ago, it became apparent that the family would have to spend about $1 million to refurbish it.

    “We’re looking at that,” Alan says, “and thinking there would be almost no return.”
    So they began considering alternatives and asked developer Randy Rapaport for help.
    Rapaport, a family friend, is known for redeveloping underused properties in dense urban neighborhoods by building big and architecturally daring mixed-use projects.
    He had wanted to buy the property from the family and rebuild it himself. But he agreed to serve as the developer.

    The family will maintain ownership of the four ground-floor commercial spaces, which will be topped by 32 condos on three floors. Rapaport hopes to break ground by May and open the new development by June 2008. All the leased businesses on the property have closed, and demolition could start as early as April.

    The name of the new project? The SunRose Condominiums. It’ll still be a family business, but something Ann Cohen never imagined growing up.

    “My dad had six kids,” she says. “He sent us all through college. Once you go to college, you never think you’re going to come back and run the family noodle joint.”

  8. I used to eat at Sun & Rosies and Holmans across the street a lot during the late 70’s-earlty 80’s. Also spent some time in the bar at Sun & Rosies. A lot of the patrons were local and knew your name if you were a regular(of course you knew their name too). After I got married in ’83 my nightlife ended.

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