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NBCSN show Off the Grid, aired September 21, 2019

Promo to advertise the Grand Prix of Portland on the NBCSN show Off The Grid. There is a glimpse of the Barn Exhibit Hall and the Historic Columbia River Highway. 


Via Magazine - September/October 2019

Return to the Gorge: After the fire, rebirth and revival. 

Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins For Sale

Historic Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins for sale; started as smoked smelt food cart"Tad was kind of a rascal. He had a little trouble with alcohol and he was handsome and the ladies were all quite smitten with him."

Author: Katherine Cook
Published: 5:41 AM PDT July 31, 2019
Updated: 7:43 AM PDT July 31, 2019TROUTDALE, Ore.
Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins in Troutdale, one of the Portland area's oldest and most historic restaurants, is up for sale for $2.5 million. Located at 1325 Historic Columbia River Highway, along the Sandy River, it's known by customers for its sunset views and large portions of homestyle cooking, most notably its chicken and dumplings.

"It's sort of like going to a family place, going back home," said longtime patron Cheryl Bland.
Tad's moved to its present location in the 1930s. "It was $1.75 for a full dinner," said Sharon Nesbit, looking over an old Tad's menu at the
Troutdale Historical Society. Nesbit is the historian there and a longtime Tad's customer. "I just found a quote in our materials that said, 'Some people didn't know what Troutdale was, but they knew they had to go through it to get to Tad's,'" Nesbit said, laughing.

Over nearly a century, just a handful of people have owned Tad's, which started as a small stand at the end of the Troutdale Bridge. That's where local fisherman and bon vivant Tad Johnson sold smoked smelt.
"Tad was kind of a rascal," Nesbit said of his historical lore. "He had a little trouble with alcohol and he was handsome and the ladies were all quite smitten with him."

In 1950, Olga Holmberg bought Tad's. Eventually, her daughter Judy Jones took over. This month, Jones put the restaurant up for sale.

A message posted on Tad's Facebook page said, "After 30-plus years of hard work, fun, holidays and sunsets seen from the dining room, Judy is ready to retire."

"If anybody changes (Tad’s), we'll go down there and kill 'em!" Nesbit joked. "I want somebody just like Judy to buy it and not mess it up. It's an institution."

The author of Tad's Facebook post said the restaurant will be running as normal for now and invited people to stop in for dinner and to watch a sunset over the Sandy River. 

"I hope it keeps going in at least some form of how it's been, in that it has big portions, sturdy drinks and being able to see the river," patron Jenna Ryan said.

Update: Judith Jones passed away May 6, 2020.

​City of Gresham -
City Council Meeting, May 1, 2018

Sharon Nesbit is honored for her "monumental" contribution to preserving history in East Multnomah County. Mayor Shane Bemis proclaimed May 1, 2018 as "Sharon Nesbit Day." Watch her award recognition at 13.34 minutes into the video. Click here.​ 

April 17, 2018

Gresham Outlook
Sharon Nesbit honored for efforts to protect, chronicle local history.

Longtime Gresham Outlook reporter, columnist earns 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.


March 17, 2018

Gresham Outlook
'Lovers Oak' Tree Returns to Troutdale

​Historic rendezvous spot returns to life through a new art installation in Harlow House Park


November 21, 2017

Huffington Post
Columbia River Gorge is Open for Business - as as Beautiful as Ever

November 1, 2017

1859 Oregon's Magazine
Exploring Troutdale, The Gateway to the Gorge

Trip Planner: Troutdale, Oregon