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Caro Amico Italian Cafe

3606 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
5032236895 map of location
  • Italian
Monday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday:  4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday:  4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
When Fred Baker and Joe Fracasso found the old Victorian house at Barbur Boulevard and Pennoyer Street in the summer of 1949, their plan was to turn it into a full-bore, honest-to goodness speakeasy; three stories of somewhat questionable fun. However, by the time they opened the doors that fall; it was a full-bore honest- to- goodness red-checked tablecloth Italian restaurant. Seems that while the boys worked on their speakeasy, Dorothy McCullough Lee was elected mayor and declared war on speakeasies featuring wine, women, song and gambling. So, it's due to a mayor's election that one of Portland's oldest and best Italian restaurants became Caro Amico, an Italian Cafe instead of an outside-the-law gin mill.
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