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What once was a neighborhood Chinese restaurant is now in its second owner as a tavern; here's the story

RITA A. LEONARD - Head Chef Eric Detrick works the To-Go window at the newly-renamed R Fs Bar & Grill, 4729 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The former site of a Chinese restaurant just north of McLoughlin and south of Holgate on Milwaukie Avenue was, until recently, called "Bar 33". Now, under new owner Carla Cary, it has been renamed "R F's Bar & Grill". "I purchased this place and moved up here from Salem to be closer to family," she tells THE BEE.

"We originally had a staff of seven, and had just installed our new signs and flooring when the Governor decreed that restaurants and bars were to be designated Take-Out only for the current coronavirus crisis. I'm currently trying to keep two staff busy from 4 to 9 p.m. at our Take-Out window."

Head Chef Eric Detrick operates the on-site smoker, and hands out fliers. "Our favorite menu orders, so far, are smoked baby back ribs, pork, chicken, and turkey," he says. "Our home-made Mac & Cheese, burgers, and Jive Turkey sandwich are also popular. We also fill growlers with beer and cider. We'll have more selections when we are able to re-open the restaurant, but currently our menu is posted by the Take-Out window."

Owner Cary is originally from Arkansas, and favors jambalaya and pub-style food. "This is our first restaurant," she remarks, "Although my husband also has a law firm in Salem. Indoors, here, we have seating for 100, with several big screen TVs tuned to sports. We also feature pool tables, an air hockey game, and a State Lottery room. We also have parking areas on both sides of the building, and a wonderful backyard patio – it's dog-friendly – with seating for 50.

"I know we'll survive this setback, and I hope things will be back to normal soon," she adds. "You can walk up to our To-Go window or order ahead at 503/719-4344."


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