By TED TAYLOR
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Bangers & Brews and Lone Pine Coffee Roasters are among a handful of restaurants that have signed leases to occupy a new development currently under construction across from the St. Charles Hospital campus in Bend.
The two eateries are opening second locations at the site on Cushing Drive, near Neff and 27th behind the On Tap Food Cart Court.
Compass Commercial announced the most recent round of transactions on Wednesday. Cuppa Yo and No Hablo Tacos have also signed on, along with Tread Tabata, a work-out studio.
Jay Lyons, president and principal broker for Compass Commercial, said the new “East End” development would be a welcome addition for an underserved part of town that’s home to many of Bend’s medical services buildings.
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.
“You look at critical mass of jobs in that area and what their options are in terms of dining and coffee and services – they are few and far between,” Lyons said. “We feel like there is a great opportunity for these companies to come in and experience immediate success and capitalize off all the demand that exists in that area.”
Lyons said five of the nine suites in the development are already leased and several more are in advanced negotiations.
He said the the “shell” of the building would be ready this spring and turned over to the tenants with the hope they would open for business in the fall.
“I just think it’s an exciting project,” he said. “The amount of leasing we’ve done speaks to the demand that exists in the the area.”
In other Bend restaurant news, Compass Commercial also announced the old McGrath’s Fish House location in the Bend River Promenade, which has sat vacant for more than three years, will soon be home to Chi Chinese and Sushi Bar.
Chi currently has a location in Bend off NW Newport Avenue near downtown and the Deschutes River.
A full remodel of the restaurant space is set to take place this spring, with the intention of opening by this summer.
“Multiple tenants competed for the restaurant pad site, but the owners ultimately decided it was best to fill the space with a successful, locally owned restaurant,” according to the brokers.
CHI opened in 2015 in downtown Bend and has steadily grown over the years. Due to parking restrictions at this downtown location, it became necessary to relocate the business so it could continue to thrive.