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Touché Restaurant & Bar in NW Portland in danger of being demolished

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Another long-time Portland restaurant could soon be a thing of the past.

The northwest Portland property that includes Touché Restaurant & Bar is in the process of being sold. More than losing the cozy eatery and pool hall, some neighbors are upset that the building could be torn down.

Katie Hewitt lives up the street and had no idea that was a possibility. 
 
“I’m horribly shocked. This place is so cute and it has great atmosphere," she said. 
 
Hewitt also loves the fact that Touché is in a 103-year-old former fire house. Black-and-white photos of horse-drawn fire engines hang on the walls inside the restaurant.

Manager Tom Burmaster said his staff heard the news about a possible property sale last month and they are devastated. He feels it would be a shame to tear down the building.
 
“You look around this neighborhood and there are so many new high rises going up,” said Burmaster. “This being one of the few old buildings still standing, I feel like it’s really important to keep this.”
 
Mill Creek Residential is the probable buyer in this scenario. If the deal goes through, Mill Creek would own the entire lot on Northwest Glisan Street, including the Hawaiian Time Cafe.
 
Sam Rodriguez with Mill Creek said Friday that nothing is set in stone yet. In a written statement to FOX 12 he added, “Mill Creek Residential is evaluating all development opportunities for the site. As soon as we have completed our due diligence and formulated a development plan, we will reach out to the neighborhood association and community at large.”
 
While Touché's building is more than 100 years old, it does not have a historic designation and new owners would be within their rights to demolish it. But some neighbors hope the property owners will consider other options.
 
“The fact that we have vacant lots sitting around town and they still justify tearing down old buildings is just outrageous to me," Hewitt said. 

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