Touche Restaurant & Bar facing potential demolition

Developer might demolish old firehouse

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The future of a Portland landmark is in limbo with a developer’s plan to build a tall apartment building.

“It’s sort of a gut shot,” said Thomas Burmaster, general manager of Touche Restaurant and Bar.

Touche is in a century-old firehouse at Northwest 14th Avenue and Glisan Street.  A developer is planning to build a 12-story apartment building. It would have underground parking and ground-level retail space. 

KGW reached out to the developer and has not heard back. The developer told The Oregonian demolition is likely.

“This place should stand,” said Burmaster.

“I think they should keep it,” asserted patron Jeremiah Manetta.

According to Burmaster, if the developer moves forward with plans to demolish Touche, Hawaiian Time and Le Bouchon could be torn down, as well.

“It would be a huge loss to us and the community,” said Burmaster.


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