Neighbors Concerned About Future of Platypus Pub Site

The Platypus Pub has been a part of the Bend community for years.

But it soon will be torn down – and residents are concerned about what is being put in its place.

Neighbors have heard that a building with a drive thru will be replacing the Platypus Pub, and they are far from pleased.

Bill Caram from the Orchard District Neighborhood Association says the concern is not about the building coming down…but how a drive thru could be holding back Bend.

“The Orchard District has really bought in on the vision of the Bend Central District, and that’s a vibrant mixed use community with better bike and pedestrian connectivity,” Caram said. “The city adopted a code to bring that vision to life and we believe that by making an exception to that code, by allowing a drive thru, sets a terrible precedent for this area that has so much potential.”

The vision of the Bend Central District is to encourage walkability and make the area surrounding the pub more of a destination, rather than a pass through. And a drive thru may not fit that mold.

According to Donna Burklo of the Bend Central District, “This is one of the last spots we have, if not the last spot, for us to expand the downtown look and feel of Bend. It’s an opportunity that with each of these choices we really need to consider that.”

Other residents are troubled by the historical loss of the Platypus Pub building, which used to be a church and a popular Italian restaurant.

Although it is not on the registry of historic places…many have a strong emotional attachment to the property.

“It is about emotion, it is about your connection to the community,” said Kelly Cannon-Miller from the Deschutes Historical Museum. “You know a building of this kind of character pulls that emotion out of a community and they don’t want to lose that.”

What is being put in place of the Platypus Pub has yet to be confirmed.

Taste This! – Dump City Dumplings

For years, the Dump City Dumplings cart has been a late night fixture at the corner of Bond and Oregon in downtown Bend on Friday and Saturday nights.

For this week’s Taste This culinary adventure, brought to us by Newport Avenue Market, Donna Britt stops by the permanent Dump City location on Southwest Upper Terrace Drive in Bend and samples some of the new menu items.

Thanks to Dan for sharing his food and showing us around. Dump City Dumplings is at 384 Southwest Upper Terrace Drive, downtown late nights Friday and Saturday and online at

A big thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources to take these weekly culinary adventures.

Downtown Parking Changes Impact Nearby Residents

Three weeks ago, the city of Bend made some changes to the downtown parking rules to relieve congestion, but now homeowners nearby say those chnages are having unintended consequences on the safety and security of their neighborhoods.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talked with one of those concerned homeowners on Thursday after eight residents spoke up about the issue at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.
During that city council meeting, councilors promised to schedule a work session to address the issue.

Munch & Music 2018

Enjoying its 28th anniversary in 2018, the Summit Medical Group Oregon – BMC Munch & Music FREE concerts in Drake Park series presented by The Source Weekly and Hayden Homes continues to be a summertime favorite. The weekly series provides the community of Central Oregon with a great chance to strengthen their bond while enjoying the arts, outstanding food in the Standard TV & Appliance Restaurant Row and free music on the Great American Fine Furniture stage.

Join the fun in Drake Park, Thursdays, July 12 – August 16, 2018!

Charges Dropped in Alleged Road Rage Incident

An alleged road rage incident in Bend last week, that made national headlines, took a surprising turn on Monday, when Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced that he is dropping the charges against the man originally accused of attacking two women during an altercation in southwest Bend, following a traffic dispute in downtown Bend.

Supper Club: The UGB Plan and the Central District of Bend Part 2

In this week’s Supper Club conversation, we focus on the area that could see the most growth under the new UGB plan, which is the Central District between downtown Bend and 4th street. Last week, we looked at what changes could be in store in that area.

This week, we look at how the new development will affect not only the residents in the central district, but also residents across all of Bend.

Thanks to Steven, Moey and Kirk for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Downtown Businesses and Residents Complain of Uptick in Transient Traffic

Every Bend City Council meeting features a “Visitor’s Section” where anyone is welcome to come up to the podium and speak their mind on an issue for three minutes. Last week a half dozen business owners stepped up to the mic and shared their concerns about an increase in transients in the downtown area.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what city leaders and law enforcement are doing to address the problem.