Original downtown Bend, Oregon, brew pub announces makeover for 2012
Deschutes Brewery today announced that it is expanding its original brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon. The Deschutes Brewery and Public House has been a gathering place and a destination for local beer fans and visitors to Central Oregon for more than 22 years. Due to customer demand, the brewery’s desire to innovate and to make everything possible on-site, the company decided to move forward with increasing its square footage and updating the kitchen.
Mike Cooper, director of food and beverage for Deschutes said, “This expansion provides the opportunity to better serve our customers and reduce wait times for seating. This also gives us a chance for some new exciting upgrades to create a better overall experience for our guests.”
The expansion is slated for two stories just to the south of the brewery’s current location and will include outdoor balcony seating and a small private dining space, in addition to indoor seating. Kitchen upgrades include adding a bakery and an operation for curing meats.
Doug Knight, who designed and developed St. Clair Place downtown in 2000 and has a history of successful projects in Bend’s core, owns the space where the expansion will take place. He said, “I am very excited to be partnering with Deschutes. This expansion is great news for downtown and even better for the Bend community.”
Knight also discussed the appearance of the new building, which he said will feature a brick façade with a beautiful arcade of three towering two-story segmented arches, giving it historical appeal. Inset from the arches will be a more contemporary curtain wall of floor to ceiling glass. Knight said, “It will look like the central utility plants of old, but with a modern twist.”
Construction on the space is slated to begin early next year and open to the public in the first part of 2012. Local companies DKA Architecture & Design and SunWest Builders will be working on the design and construction of the building.
About Deschutes Brewery
Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is in the business of daring people to expect more from their beer. That’s why we started off in 1988, on the banks of the Deschutes River here in Bend, Oregon, by selling Black Butte Porter at a time when others were sure a dark beer would never catch on. Our brewers love to push the envelope, especially if it makes someone nervous. But for us, the highest praise is a raised glass and a toast of “Bravely Done!” For more information about Deschutes Brewery and its courageously crafted beers, please visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or www.facebook.com/deschutes.brewery.