Restaurants at SW 19th and SW Barbur Boulevard

With the closing and upcoming razing of the Golden Touch restaurant, we thought we’d look back at some of the other restaurants that inhabited the corner of SW 19th and SW Barbur Boulevard.

Edward's Dine and Dance Advertisement; Oregonian, Friday, April 26, 1946.

Edward’s Dine and Dance Advertisement; Oregonian, Friday, April 26, 1946.

Club Indo-China Advertisement; Oregonian, Wednesday, September 14, 1948.

Club Indo-China Advertisement; Oregonian, Wednesday, September 14, 1948.

Bamboo Garden Advertisement; Oregonian, Wednesday, November 18, 1953.

Bamboo Garden Advertisement; Oregonian, Wednesday, November 18, 1953.

Devault's Chuck Wagon Advertisement; Oregonian, Friday, October 19, 1956.

Devault’s Chuck Wagon Advertisement; Oregonian, Friday, October 19, 1956.

Mrs. Murphy's Chowder Advertisement; Oregonian, Tuesday, July 7, 1964.

Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder Advertisement; Oregonian, Tuesday, July 7, 1964.

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10 Responses

  1. Frances Vlahos-Rohm says:

    We moved out to S.W. Spring Garden St. just off of 14th street in 1955, from our apartment above City Grocery on Broadway downtown. I remember the Chuck Wagon and Mrs. Murphy’s. Barbur Blvd in that area is still a strange mix of old and new, seedy and upscale. My folks used to laugh about how Fred Meyer was considered a little crazy for building his Burlingame Fred Meyer store out in the “boonies” in 1950. I love Portland history.

    • susie mcevoy says:

      Interesting to actually see it BEFORE my time. I was born in the 50’s. Remember it as a Pancake place. Always remember Watson’s Pharmacy. And always a fun trip to Barbur Rentals. It was a great area, attended Capitol Hill Grade School, after Collins View, lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

  2. Jeff says:

    Why did Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder House go away?

    • timlyman says:

      It burned to the ground about 1964. I’m not sure if it occupied the new building or not

      • Jeff says:

        I heard a rumor that MRS. MURPHYS CHOWDER HOUSE had a fire, but it was in 1969? What was the cause of the fire? I thought it opened for business in July, 1964. There was a MRS MURPHYS on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway adjacent to JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL. Was that from the same owners? Was it a family run business or corporate? Are there any photos of the Barbie Blvd. location?

        • Joel Miller says:

          The building that housed Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder House at 8130 SW Barbur Blvd was destroyed by fire on January 4, 1969. According to The Oregonian, the operator of the restaurant, Herman DeVault, reported that he had left the building at 12:30pm about an hour before the first alarm was sounded. DeVault told firefighters that a basement refrigeration unit had been malfunctioning during the morning and might have been the cause of the fire. Sheet ice surrounded the restaurant which hampered firefighting efforts. DeVault lost many art objects and paintings due to the fire. DeVault reopened Mrs. Murphy’s temporarily at 2390 SW Madison Street in August 1969 and then the new Mrs. Murphy’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant at 8500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Raleigh Hills in September 1969. The property and building on Barbur Blvd was owned by Dick Edwards. It started life in the 1930’s as Edwards’ Dine and Dance. From 1948 until 1953 it was Club Indo-China and then the Bamboo Garden. From 1956 until 1964, it was DeVault’s Chuck Wagon and then Mrs. Murphy’s until the fire. By 1975, Dick Edwards had built a new restaurant on the lot called D.G.’s, 8124 SW Barbur. In 1978 it became Dave’s Restaurant and finally Golden Touch Restaurant in 1984.

          • Jeff says:

            Joel, thank you very much for responding to my inquiry. It is odd that Mr. DeVault didn’t wait for the property owner to rebuild so he could have stayed at that location. Rumors were going around that the cause of the fire was arson. Did you ever eat at Mrs. Murphy’s? If so, what did you think of the place? The big sign on Barbie stood in place for several months following the fire.

          • Jeff says:

            Joel, did you ever go to Mrs. Murphy’s? If so, what did you think of the place? Do you find it odd that DeVailt didn’t just wait for Dick Edwards to rebuild? It sure took Dick a long time to rebuild. Do you think Mrs. Murphy’s was more successful than the Chuckeagon? It sure took several months after the fire for the big Mrs Murphy’s huge sign to be removed from the property. I wonder why?

          • Joel Miller says:

            Sorry for not responding to your first message, Jeff! I don’t recall receiving a notice that you had made an earlier comment. No, I never did eat at Mrs. Murphy’s. Drove by it many a time, though! I grew up in Ara Vista on Alice Street off of Barbur in the 1950’s and then moved to Tigard in 1960. I really don’t know any more of the details regarding the place. Perhaps someone reading this thread will have more information.

          • Jeff says:

            No problem, Joel. I appreciate all the details which you provided me.

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