Huber's moved to its present location in the Builder's Exchange Building (today the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building) in 1911. During Prohibition, the bar nearly closed down, but instead became a restaurant specializing in a traditional turkey dinner. The menu expanded to other Classic American fare, and began to offer manhattans in coffee cups.
By the 1950s, Huber's was a favorite lunch place for Portland's businessmen, and it was beginning to attract more female clientele than in the past. Their specialties continued to be roast turkey, baked ham, and crab coleslaw.
In the 1970s, James Kai Louie, the grandson of Jim Louie, developed Spanish Coffee, Huber’s signature drink.
The place to go if you want to watch your bartender perform like a trained seal, dripping Bacardi 151 into your mug from three feet above his head, lighting it on fire, adding more liquor, and topping off the concoction with coffee and whipped cream. You'll pay $9.25 for this circus act.
- Michael Stern, Huber’s Café - Portland, OR. Roadfood.com, 2003.
- Hubers.com, official website.
- What is the oldest restaurant in Portland OR?, ChaCha.com.
- William R. Swing, Huber's Celebrates 80 Years, The Oregonian, 1959.
- Nancy Morris, Chef's Choice: Portland's Oldest Restaurant Going Strong, The Oregonian, 1958.
- Lawrie M.'s Yelp Review