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Thursday, March 23, 2006
Bungle in the jungle
I heard something about this a few weeks ago but didn't think it was true. Rumors of the Safari Club's demise have been rumored for years. Now perhaps sadder than a closure, comes news that the original owner's widow is moving the iconic bars' menagerie of taxidermy'd beasts to a museum in Tacoma. There's no date on that Portland Tribune article but I just discovered it earlier this evening.
She's taking the safari out of the club! Now where will all the hipsters hang out once they're priced out of Portland and forced to move east to Estacada? Sure, they could still hit the bar but, let's be honest, the real draw was the opportunity to drink gin next to bloodthirsty critters (see above).
If the place were closer to town, you wouldn't be able to get near it on weekend nights. Without the lions, tigers and bears, the Safari Club may as well be a zoo without anything in the cages.