Exciting news for MLK Boulevard: there’s now a campaign to preserve the Burger Barn building, last known as Christopher’s Gourmet Grill, at 3962 NE MLK. To find out more, email Teressa Raiford at email@example.com.
The building as it stands today:
Click the campaign link above for earlier photos of the building; here, for a snippet of info on the earlier uses of the building (and a photo of that chicken I never stop craving); here for a 1969 article on Albina, that includes a brief comment from a Burger Barn employee; and here for a Mercury article on the 1981 Burger Barn possum attack by police.
3962 NE MLK is the second oldest building on the boulevard, built in 1900.
Update: research by Dr. Tanya March reveals that Mrs. Katherine Gray, founder of the Harriet Tubman club and a founding member of Zion AME Church, lived in the ‘Burger Barn’ building in the early 1900s, when the structure was new and Albina was largely a European immigrant neighborhood.