▶️ East End development provides ‘perfect scenario’ for new restaurants, fitness centers

By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

A new development on Bend’s east side has added some popular restaurant tenants as it hopes for a gradual grand opening to begin next month.

Life & Time, which opened its first “Free Range Fast Food” restaurant off Century Drive in early 2019, has added its second location to the roster of eateries at the new development on Cushing Drive behind the On Tap Food Cart Court.

As construction began earlier this year, the development had already inked Cuppa Yo, Bangers & Brews, Lone Pine Coffee Roasters and Hablo Tacos (initially called No Hablo Tacos), a new venture from the team behind 10 Barrel Brewing, Bos Taurus and Miyagi Ramen.

“Right now we’re getting ready to go in for permits, a lot of things that are out of our control,” Garrett Wales, Life & Time founder said. “But we’re pushing as hard as we can to get this thing ramped up and hopefully be ready to go late spring of next year.”

Jeremy McPherson, a developer with the project, said seven of the nine suites have been leased and they’re currently working through offers on the remaining two spots.

“There’s more demand than we can offer, quite frankly,” McPherson said.

The location, directly across from St. Charles Hospital, is a prime spot for additional dining options.

Currently, there are close to 500 businesses employing nearly 10,000 people within a mile of the location. More than 6,000 homes are within a mile as well.

“These strategically located intersections are really important neighborhood nodes for the people that live and work around here, to feel like they’ve got their neighborhood spot,” McPherson said. “You know, they don’t need to get in the car and drive across to the west side or into downtown necessarily.”

That’s exactly why Wales thought this would make a perfect second location for Life & Time.

“It’s close to all the neighborhoods, it’s close to the workforce, it’s close to the schools,” Wales said. “So yeah it was a perfect scenario for us.”

Two fitness studios are also lined up, including Hot Worx, a virtually-instructed exercise program where users “experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption.” The studio is open to members and guests 24/7.

Projected Opening Dates
Tread Tabata/Cuppa Yo – November/December
Lone Pine Coffee – December/January
Bangers & Brews/Hablo Taco – January/February
Hotworx – December/January
Life & Time – February/March
Suites 170/180 – February/March

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