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A new cafe has emerged in a Westmoreland space which previously had hosted restaurants and shops which offered pizza

PHOTO BY RITA A. LEONARD - Owner Marne Minard has opened the new Bastion Café at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. A new restaurant, "Bastion Café", has opened at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The 1,000-sq.-ft. establishment is in the space formerly occupied by "All Communion Bakehouse" – previously the subject of an item in THE BEE – and before that was the location of a pizza restaurant. The new café seats a total of about 24, both indoors and on its open-air patio.

Owner Marne Minard says, "We actually have room for more customers, but we're currently keeping our distance during the pandemic. Of course, everyone needs to wear a mask upon entering, but those are of course removed while eating." Minard has five employees who are especially busy around the noon hour. We're open Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We offer a gluten-free, soy-free, and refined-sugar-free menu, and source everything as locally and seasonally sustainable as possible, with all organic proteins and produce."

The menu features Toasts, Sandwiches, Specialties, Sweet things, Deli, and Sides, as well as Hot and Cold Drinks, and Smoothies.

Minard tells THE BEE, "I learned to cook while growing up – at the many restaurants that my parents owned. I also attended the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, where I earned an MS degree in Nutrition, with a focus on 'Food as Medicine'."

"Guest favorites so far are our five-spice fried chicken sandwich, and the chocolate and apple spice donuts," says Minard. "Those sell like hotcakes!" The café is online – – or call 503/719-5899. They're happy to fill takeout orders as well.

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