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The homey, iconic restaurant is nestled along the Sandy River and draws folks for its comfort food

PMG FILE PHOTO  - The beloved Tads Chicken n Dumplins in Troutdale is up for sale for $2.5 million. The beloved Troutdale restaurant, Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins, is up for sale for $2.5 million.

The cozy eatery is nestled on 1.36 acres overlooking the Sandy River and is popular for its home-cooking style food, featuring the namesake chicken dish as well as seafood, steaks and old-fashioned favorites such as liver and onions.

"There are rumors that it's closing, but that's not really true," says Sue O'Halloran, principal with Kohler Meyers O'Halloran Inc., the listing Realtor. "They are looking for the next operator."

O'Halloran says "the restaurant is doing well. It's just time for them to retire."

Descriptions in the listing for Tad's says it's "a true original with lovely wood paneling, woodwork throughout. Windows open to the natural beauty of the Sandy River & treed woodlands."

The listing raves about the "cozy fireplace for winter evenings."

The historic roadhouse restaurant, with 6,988 square feet of space seating about 200 diners, is at 1325 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

After being listed for less than a week, "we've already had a lot of interest," O'Halloran says.

Tad's has a rich history in the area. The restaurant has operated since the 1940s. Early on, it was a welcome stop for folks headed up into the Columbia River Gorge.

The first owner, Tad Johnson, served up local seafood from a simple road-side stand. It was called the Top Pot for a while and then Tad's BBQ.

Tad's went through several owners and incarnations until current owner Judy Johnson's mom, Olga Holmberg, bought it in 1950. She continued with the chicken and dumplings home-cooking that earlier owners established.

Owner Judy Jones could not be reached for comment about the sale.

O'Halloran notes the restaurant has stellar, long-time employees and says "it's a gorgeous buiding. It's a really good, strong business."

Want a taste?

WHAT: Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins

WHERE: 1325 East Historic Columbia River Highway.

HOURS: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday

4-10 p.m. Saturday

4-9 p.m. Sunday

INFO: 503-666-5337


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