Portland’s Vice Clique Scandal Began in a Gents-Only Dining Room

Illustration by Levi Hastings

I touched on this subject a little in Portland: A Food Biography, and was happy to write about it a bit more for the Portland Mercury. The Louvre was the original home of the nude portrait that currently hangs behind the bar at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, and thanks to its swanky gentlemen’s dining room (and not-so-discreet gay owner), it was also a major cruising site for Portland’s homosexual underground.