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Last call for the Port of Call bar in downtown Astoria

Owner fell behind on rent
By Edward Stratton

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 16, 2017 5:37PM

Last changed on October 17, 2017 8:11AM

Marvin James Sawyer, who opened the Port of Call Bistro & Bar in 2014 at the corner of Ninth and Commercial streets, must vacate by the end of the month.

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Marvin James Sawyer, who opened the Port of Call Bistro & Bar in 2014 at the corner of Ninth and Commercial streets, must vacate by the end of the month.

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The Port of Call Bistro & Bar has been ordered out of its location at the corner of Ninth and Commercial streets in Astoria by the end of the month.

Circuit Court Judge Dawn McIntosh signed off on an agreement for Marvin James Sawyer, the bar’s owner, to pay Luottamus Partners, the owner of the building, $11,250 and vacate in “broom-clean condition” by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.

Luottamus Partners filed suit against Sawyer and Port of Call last month, claiming he had fallen behind by more than $36,000 in rent and breached several portions of his lease.

In his defense, Sawyer argued Port of Call had already agreed to a separate repayment plan. He also claimed that Luottamus Partners had no authority to pursue the case, because the person directing the company to bring the lawsuit was not from the partnership.

Real estate broker Peter Tadei said the Port of Call and adjacent Astoria Event Center — all part of one building — is listed for sale for $595,000, including the equipment.

“It’s basically a turnkey for the new buyer,” he said.

Sawyer, who did not respond to a request for comment, opened the Port of Call in 2014, later taking on Anne Probst as a partner. The establishment came under scrutiny earlier this year when statistics from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission gathered from police reports showed a significant number of drunken-driving arrests of the bar’s patrons. Sawyer hired a new manager to clean up the bar’s reputation.

Port of Call had been administratively dissolved as of late August, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Corporate Division. A notice to staff was recently posted by Sawyer and Probst.

“It is with a heavy heart that after (three) years and a lot of fun and dedication from an amazing staff, we will be closing our doors,” the notice said.

The last event at Port of Call, according to the notice, is an Oct. 28 zombie-themed pub crawl. The Astoria Event Center will host Pacific Northwest Professional Wrestling Oct. 29.



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