Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener reports the startling news this afternoon that The Passenger and soon-to-open rum bar and restaurant Hogo could close in a year to make room for a development from the Douglas Development Corporation.

Douglas is under contract to buy the properties and a string of storefronts along 7th Street, says the company’s Paul Millstein. He says construction along the strip will begin in “maybe a year.” He says he doesn’t foresee the bars staying.

The Passenger and Hogo co-owner Paul Ruppert declined to comment. “I think this is between Douglas Development and ourselves,” he tells Housing Complex. “I don’t think this is something for a newspaper.”

When asked about staying open more than a year, Ruppert repeated, “I think this is between Douglas Development and ourselves.”

Y&H also reached out to The Passenger and Columbia Room mixologist Derek Brown about the future of the establishments. “No comment,” Brown says. “We’re business as usual.”

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