Portland gets a Blazers bar


A sports bar called Spirit of 77 is opening up across from the Convention Center, a step towards Rose Quarter redevelopment.

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A sports bar called Spirit of 77 is opening up across from the Convention Center, a preliminary step towards the long-awaited redevelopment of Portland’s Rose Quarter.

The name of the bar celebrates the Blazers winning their only National Basketball League championship in 1977.

Experienced hands in real estate development and food service are behind the Spirit of 77, 500 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The landlord is Robert Sacks, an attorney and developer who has earned a reputation for the imagination of his leasing and development activities, typically eschewing mainstream corporate credit tenants in favor of local independent ventures. Among his notable projects is the rehabilitation of the downtown block on Southwest Stark Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Tenants there include the second branch of the trendy Ace Hotel – with additional locations now in Palm Springs and New York City – and Clyde Common restaurant, a successful gastropub known for its lively bar scene and well-regarded meal service.

For this venture, it is no coincidence that the partners in Spirit of 77 are Jack Barron, designer and Ace Hotel co-owner, and Nate Tilden, proprietor of Clyde Common and a second restaurant called Olympic Provisions.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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