Baker City property owners and the city are known for reinvesting in historic downtown. There are lots of restaurants, art galleries, gift stores and other businesses in a classic Main Street setting and regular festivals and events downtown. It’s satisfying for us when we can list some of these historic properties.
Right now, there’s a great historic building at Main and Court streets. Built in 1867, the building has no doubt hosted dozens of businesses over the past 145 years. Right now, it’s a terrific little restaurant and bar. Previously, it was a family cafe but the current owners remodeled
it in 2012 as a contemporary restaurant and bar aimed more at adults. If you’ve ever dreamed about owning your own restaurant and have longed to operate in a traditional downtown, then here’s your chance. Anyone purchasing the 2,525 square-foot building could certainly remove the restaurant and put in some other use, however. Upgrades include gas heating and central air conditioning and the property is listed at $285,000.
This building is in a very favorable location. The building faces Main Street and its side is along Court Street. The city has closed off a one-block section of Court Street next to this business (between Main and Resort streets) to create a pedestrian-only promenade sometime in the next few years, as part of a larger plan to improve downtown. During nice weather, the location would be terrific for sidewalk dining.
“The public mini-park would be the focal point for downtown events, a place for recreation and play by downtown users, and an intribuing public place for visitors.” 2001 Plan For Historic Baker City, p. 24.