July 11th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

The Suds Are Back: McMenamins Buy Up Former Silverado/Bathhouse Building

OMIGAWD. The McMenamins have done it now. After turning a former funeral home into another outlet for their version of food and fun, they've gone and snatched up the building that once housed The Silverado (a notorious strip club that more often than not went by The Silver Dildo) and Club Portland (a mens-only bath house that featured glory holes, a sauna and lots of, uh, spouting fountains).
First whispered about on Mike Thelin's Portland Spaces blog, the new property will include hotel rooms and...wait for it...a soaking pool.

Here is what the press release says:

PORTLAND, Ore.Friday, July 11, 2008McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries has purchased the property at S.W. Stark & 12 Streets from Gerding Edlen Development and has begun renovation on a hotel to open in early 2009. The project realizes visions of both Portland-based companiesan extension of the Brewery Blocks across Burnside for Gerding Edlen, and a full-service downtown establishment for McMenamins.

“Having a full downtown property with all of our offerings in one area has been something we've thought about for a long time now,” said Renee Rank, McMenamins marketing director. “This project is the perfect complement to our adjacent Ringlers Annex Pub and the Crystal Ballroom, and will be a great connection between the Pearl District and the West End.”

Heh heh..they said "west end."

Laughing matters aside, this building has been eyed by several prospective tenants (at one time there was a rumor that Portland Monthly would relocate its world HQ there). It will be quite interesting to see how McMenamins—who've seen a spat of trouble with supposed concert-goers to their Crystal Ballroom shoving up against the homos who strut proudly in this once primarily gay neighborhood—handles the transition of the space from reputedly raunchy to respectable and family friendly.

And don't even get me started on what it's going to be like to rehab the old "rooms."

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