Open till midnight on weekends, Gerry Frank's Konditorei serves gourmet cakes and coffee to couples, friends and families after a night on the town. Gerry Frank is one of Salem's movers and shakers with a resume that includes being chief of staff to Senator Mark Hatfield, heir to the Meier and Frank department stores and popular author. In 1981, Gerry opened this Austrian style cafe with his friend Barney Rogers and they've remained at the Commercial Street location ever since.
For $5 a large slice, you can choose between about twenty different types of cakes. I recommend the Chocolate Cream Cheese cake. It's probably the moistest of the selection and has a rich cream cheese frosting that gets gobbled up quickly at my table. Other cakes that I have tried include Marionberry, Barney's Black Out, and Italian Cream, not all in one visit. They also serve a variety of other sweet desserts like cookies brownies, and assorted pastries. Konditorei is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has very reasonable prices for items such as lasagna, sandwiches and salads. This unique destination is great for taking out of town guests if you want to impress them with Salem's culture. Although I have never seen him in there during my night visits, I'm told Gerry eats there with guests quite frequently.
Next time you are out late for dinner or a movie, come see this unique Oregon original for dessert before you head home.