September 26th, 2008 | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

ProRow to celebrate its 30th (and then change ownership?)

     
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Although co-owner/attorney Alan Karpinski won't confirm it, it looks like one of P-town's most venerable watering holes, Produce Row Cafe, is about to change ownership. And, oh yeah, celebrate its current owners' 30th anniversary too.

Produce Row is legendary in these parts.

Opened in 1974, it was former owner (and now empire-building legend) Mike McMenamin's first place. Karpinski started working there in December of 1975. And the company Karpinski is part owner of, Funhogs Inc., bought the place on October 9, 1978. In honor of Funhogs' 30th anniversary, ProRow will swing open its doors to an all-day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Karpinski acknowledges that "rumors are swirling" regarding ProRow changing hands. Although he would neither confirm nor deny that the pub will have a new owner by the new year (possibly someone from Southern California), word on Southeast Oak Street is that the deal to sell this longtime haunt of hippies, hipsters and hop-heads is all but done.

Produce Row is located at 204 SE Oak St., 232-8355.

Photo from portlandhamburgers.blogspot.com.
 
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