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The departure last year of the Iron Horse Restaurant opens a business space that Yoga Riot will partly fill

RITA A. LEONARD - Hoping to open several blocks north of here in June, Yoga Riot is still situated on the second floor of the Westmoreland former Masonic Temple just south of Bybee Boulevard. In spite of the current disruption to many businesses due the Governor's COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, many construction projects are moving along. The site of the famous Iron Horse Restaurant, closed last year with the retirement of its proprietors, at S.E. Yukon and Milwaukie Avenue, is currently one of those projects – it's being remodeled into four new business spaces, two of which are to be converted into a new studio for Yoga Riot.

Annie Ory, who operates Yoga Riot on the second floor of the former Masonic Temple at 7126 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue a short distance south of Bybee, tells THE BEE she is looking forward to the move. "We hope to open a fulltime yoga boutique there, at 6032 and 6034 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. We've always had a thriving business with about 500 members, but want to move to a ground-floor site with large windows. "We hope to open a full-time yoga boutique there – selling fitness wear, aromatherapy items, and local kombucha."

Yoga Riot is a Bapstiste-inspired power yoga studio featuring an infra-red heating system. Classes help clients access vitality, power, and freedom, says Ory – covering postural foundations and alignment in connection with breathing. Both newcomers and seasoned yogis are welcomed. Ory is hoping to move into her new space in June.

The building which for decades held the Iron Horse Restaurant is owned by John Farley, who began cleaning out the structure in March. "We're remodeling the entire building," he remarks. "There are still two units for rent or lease. Call me at 503/704-5674 for information, if you're interested."

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