Kent, Oregon

Eat CaféNorth of the town of Antelope is Kent, Oregon. This abandoned café is just a few feet away from the shoulder of Highway 218. The trucks speed past and the days when people stopped for a bite to eat are long forgotten.

When I first photographed this spot in 1993 there were large white letters on the roof that called out to the passing drivers “EAT”! For me, it has always been the “Eat Café”. Over the past 20 years this building has continued to decay. The roof now has open places between the shingles. It is only a matter of time before the elements start to claim even more of the structure.

The front faces West if you’re planning on some photos while passing through. It’s a great spot to drop by in the evening as the warm light reveals the wonderful texture.