The tea room craze came to Portland just as prohibition appeared on the horizon. A tea room was a place for women—not exclusively, but most especially—to socialize over a hot beverage and a light meal. Tea rooms were a fixture of downtown city life through the 1920s and into the 1930s. They were fond of the term “dainty,” and the use of that term helped keep the riffraff (males) away.
|Menu from November 1, 1935|
Dec. 15, 1930