By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Redmond’s newest family friendly food cart lot is looking to expand – in and out of the city.
What started as an unappealing piece of Forest Avenue…has transformed into a popular Redmond tap house and food cart lot.
“Our success has been due to the fact that people have determined that General Duffy’s Waterhole is a great place for people to gather,” said Dick Robertson, owner of General Duffy’s Food Cart Lot.
General Duffy’s only opened in March…and they’re already looking to expand their family friendly atmosphere.
“Over the past seven, eight months, I’ve come to realize that I probably should have made the building a little bit larger,” Robertson said.
To originally get General Duffy’s up and running, Robertson received at $5,000 grant through the City of Redmond’s Urban Renewal Program. The program provides funding to local businesses in hopes of creating a more vibrant downtown community.
A task General Duffy’s has seemed to accomplish.
“It’s a really good use of a space that was in kind of a dead end, backing up against the bypass,” said Chuck Arnold, urban renewal program manager for the city of Redmond. “So it’s a really great, creative use of the space.”
Robertson says the expansion of General Duffy’s will be a work in progress for several years.
First on the agenda. to turn the corner of Canal Boulevard and Forest Avenue into a playground, as well as evolve their popular Saturday market.
They will also be adding a second location in Klamath Falls.
“We’re moving full steam ahead with plans to develop a tap house,” Arnold said. “The gathering area in Klamath Falls is even bigger than the one we have in Redmond, and we are very very excited to do that expansion.” TOTAL :15
Robertson took an empty lot from dust, to Duffy’s.
And says he is ready to develop another location that will make the community proud.
General Duffy’s Redmond expansion should be complete by the spring. As for Klamath Falls, it will be complete by next fall.