Hotel in historic Portland building to retain restaurant and barbershop

George Sell By George Sell
26 June 2014 | Updated 26 June 2014

US: The historic Oregon Pioneer Building in downtown Portland is being converted into a boutique hotel.

US: The  historic Oregon Pioneer Building in downtown Portland is being converted into a boutique hotel.

Most of the commercial tenants in the building, at 409 S.W. Third Avenue, have been asked to find new premises by owner BPR Properties, which bought it in January for $4.95 million.

But Huber's restaurant, the oldest in the city, and barbershop Tonsorial Parlor, have been asked to stay, and both anticipate the hotel will generate significant foot traffic for them.

James Louie, who co-owns Huber's with his sister Lucille and brother David, said the restaurant plans to adapt its menu to meet  demand from hotel guests: "Having a hotel which is constantly full of people coming in should help our business. They haven't asked me but I suspect they will probably provide room service and they might want us to open for breakfast."

The 150-seat restaurant has been owned by the Louie family for three generations. It is the only tenant to have been in the building since it was constructed in 1910.

California-based BPR originally planned to begin construction this month, but granted additional time to long-term tenants who were unable to relocate by then.

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