Whitney and Gray Building

This four-story brick former hotel building in downtown Portland's West End dates to 1910, but the restaurant on its ground floor, Jake's Famous Crawfish, goes all the way back to 1892. Its fresh-caught seafood as well as its wood-and-polished-brass environs have attracted not just a who's who of locals but movie stars like Humphrey Bogart and his Portland-raised wife of the 1930s and '40s, actress Mayo Methot. In our first interview, film historian Laura Wagner discusses the rocky Methot-Bogart marriage and its Portland ties. The second interview features Jake's general manager Brian McConnell as well as Missy Maki, who oversees sales for the restaurant’s parent company, McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants, as we discuss this landmark eatery's present and future.

Om Podcasten

In Search of Portland is a continuing journey through the city we love: a celebration of old and new landmarks, and the dreamers who populate them. Each episode is devoted to one special building or place—a sacred ground of sorts—with a focus on its past, present and future.