Across from the future Shaver Green building on Shaver & MLK is Anita Smith’s restaurant, Hannah Bea’s Poundcake and More, LLC.
This restaurant, open since 2001, was famously visited by TV’s Al Roker but by few other people in the years since. It has been a subject of local curiosity for some time, and a recent Willamette Week article noted that the owner has stopped paying on a $160,000 loan from the Portland Development Commission. With the restaurant’s lack of obvious customers and its everchanging hours, I’m not sure that the PDC can ever expect to see its money again (who thought that a loan this sizeable to Hannah Bea’s was a good idea?). On the other hand, perhaps its poundcake delivery business is booming….