Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe

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601 Pacific Way  Gearhart, Oregon

(503) 738-0245

The Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe is located in the original Cutler commercial building in the heart of downtown Gearhart, Oregon. The small, family-friendly oceanfront community of Gearhart (population 1000 or so) is located on the northern Oregon coast about seventy miles west of Portland, Oregon. Gearhart is famous for it's beautiful, uncrowded 18 mile long beach, the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi, and for being the childhood home of food legend James Beard.

Built by Jim & Peggy Cutler during the winter and spring of 1929, the building began life as a mom & pop grocery store with an owner's apartment in the back. The present building on the location is the first of three buildings the Cutlers built over the years in downtown Gearhart, the other two being the present Gearhart Market and the duplex directly south of the cafe building. Upstairs was a six room (or three apartment) rooming house, originally used as a bachelor's lodgings for loggers in the Gearhart area.

The Cutler Grocery faced Pacific Way on the north end of the first floor of the building. The grocery opened July 4, 1929, just months before the Great Crash of '29. An enlarged photograph of the store interior on opening day and others photos of the Cutler family are on the wall as you enter the building by way of the front door. Jim Cutler went on to operate several other businesses in this building, including a realty office & a insurance agency.

Peggy Cutler became Postmistress of Gearhart (the Post Office was located in a comer of what is now the front dining room of the cafe) in 1929 and held the position until she finally sold the building in 1980.

After a brief stint over four years as the seasonally operated coffee shop and deli Eat Your Heart Out, the building stood empty for four years until Lisa & John Allen, the present owners, purchased the property in early 1988. After five months of renovations, the Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe opened for business on Memorial Day weekend of 1988.

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