Specializing in a traditional turkey dinner Hubers also serves Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood, entrée salads and a variety of pasta dishes. Their signature drink is Spanish Coffee prepared table side with great flair. Enjoy dining at their location inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building, pick up box lunches or have your event catered. However you choose to experience Hubers, youll be pleasantly satisfied.
History of Hubers
Hubers was established in 1879 at.. the corner of 1st and Morrison in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was originally called The Bureau Saloon until it was purchased by Mr. Frank Huber and the name was changed to Hubers. In 1891, Mr. Huber hired Jim Louie, a Chinese immigrant, to do the cooking. In those days if you bought a drink you would get a free turkey sandwich and some coleslaw. With just a few booths and bench seats in the old bar, most of the patrons would go around and converse with a drink in one hand and a turkey sandwich in the other. This is how the turkey tradition started at Hubers.
Hubers moved to its present location in 1910 inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building. When Mr. Frank Huber died a year later in 1912, Jim Louie took on the management of the business for the Huber family. When the Prohibition Era came around, Jim was going to close the old bar but encouraged by the patrons, Jim kept the business going as a restaurant that specialized in a traditional turkey dinner. In 1941, Jims nephew, Andrew, joined the staff and helped formalize the partnership between the Huber and the Louie family with a 50-50 deal. Andrew took over the management in 1946 when Jim, after working his normal day, died at the restaurant. Mr. Hubers son, Jack, sold his interest in the old restaurant to Andrew in 1952.
In the early 1970s, Andrews son, James Kai Louie, joined the Hubers staff. James developed Hubers signature drink, Spanish Coffee. The drink is made table side with great flair. Hubers is now the largest user of Kahlua in the U.S. by an independent restaurant.
Come visit us today.
Taking a step into Hubers is like taking a step back in time. The original section is covered by what may be the most beautiful glass ceiling every built. The woodwork is a testament to the great craftmenship of yesteryear. The real beauty of this place is the effort to keep it intact and celebrate what it has always been. Along with an expansive and very tasty menu, you can also look over the flyer that explains the history of the restaurant. This restuarant is a true peice of Portland history and a treat for any visitor or local Portlander. Tip: The turkey is great but check out the specials too! Tip: Make sure when you make reservations to request the older part of the restuarant, the newer section is nice, but just not the same. Tip: Order a Spanish Coffee, it's a show of fire and acrobatics with glasses.
Posted: 6/16/2008 • Last edited: 4/02/2014 • Link to this review