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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Maragas Winery Gets a Makeover

I had a chance to sit down with local winter entrepreneur extraordinaire Doug Maragas this past week to talk about his new(ish) winery and vineyard

Posted By on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 5:50 AM

I had a chance to sit down with local winter entrepreneur extraordinaire Doug Maragas this past week to talk about his new(ish) winery and vineyard north of Terrebonne. We also touched on the future of his tasting room -- and former residence -- at the corner of Colorado an Bond. Maragas would like to unload the property and focus his attention on the Terrebonne vineyard and winery where Maragas has more than two dozen different kind of grapes growing on test plots that are surrounded by Alfalfa fields and amazing view of Smith Rock and the seven peaks. But with the still sagging real estate market in Bend there isn't much chance of that happening in the near future. So Maragas is going to try a slight change in approach at the tasting room in the next few weeks when he plans to transition the property into a "tap room" He'll be dropping in a couple of handles for draft beers and start serving wine right out of the barrel for $4 a glass if people take their drinks outside on the patio -- there's not a whole lot of elbow room in the existing space. Maragas said he'll probably serve a couple of craft beers for $3 a pint and offer some other amenity like wireless -- no doubt to lure part-time bloggers and newspaper editors.

Keep your eyes peeled for more announcement around the tap room, or just drop by; it should be up and running in no time.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who wants to bet on the Bulletin?

I'm going to make a small wager right now with anyone who wants to take me up on it. I'll wager a Taco Stand smothered

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

I'm going to make a small wager right now with anyone who wants to take me up on it. I'll wager a Taco Stand smothered burrito that the Bulletin leads tomorrow's A section with a story and photo about the Over the Hill golf tourney in Sunriver. To use a golf analogy here, I'm taking Tiger against the field. In other words, you don't have to tell me what story it is that will carry A1 besides the Tradition, you just have to bet that they'll lead something-anything- besides the Tradition tomorrow. If you're counting, you'd know that they've led the paper the last three days with the golf tourney -- including today's strange pioneer cemetery story -- and the tourney hadn't even started. But c'mon anything could happen between now and press time. The pope could die, and asteroid could hit the earth, Mirror Pond dam could burst, anything people!

So who out there is willing to bet that a catastrophic event or a sudden outbreak of news judgment will pre-empt another freaking "golly gee" golf story? Don't bet on it. 

Or will you?

 


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Downtowner Move

Most regular customers of the popular Brooks St. deli have already heard that it's moving lock, soup stock and beer barrel over to its sister

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Most regular customers of the popular Brooks St. deli have already heard that it's moving lock, soup stock and beer barrel over to its sister operation at the Summit. Owners Matt Gordon and John Simak -- a couple of great guys who deserve our thanks for rescuing the former On The Rocks location and keeping downtown a safe place for non-Cali socialites --are positioning the move as a chance to broaden its customer options (sit down dining, more space, menu options). Unfortunately you can't move the hip soul of the Downtowner into a sports bar/nightclub. The cool parkside urban vibe and Brooks St patio just can't be replicated on Minnesota Ave. 

For me the line out the door and the harried pace of the open kitchen, even the scramble for seats have always been part of the allure of the downtowner. East Coasters to the core (did your team really just sign Michael Vick, wtf?) these guys just inherently understood what made a great sandwich shop. And they've done an admirable job with the Summit in a space that has vexed other bar tenants. But they're just two different animals. 

Obviously this is a financially motivated move, consolidation is a no-brainer in a shrinking economy. But here's hoping that they can bring back the Downtowner and its unicycle logo as a freestanding biz when things pick up again in Bend. 

Meantime, get down to Brooks street for a soup and sandwich before the boys close it up for good on Labor Day, Sept. 7. After that, help the guys get through the recession by making the Summit part of your lunch rotation. 


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Salem Revolving Door Spins Again

Quick pseudo update on the story from last Friday about questions around Democratic state representative Larry Galizio's appointment/hire to high level Oregon Universtity system job

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Quick pseudo update on the story from last Friday about questions around Democratic state representative Larry Galizio's appointment/hire to high level Oregon Universtity system job on the recommendation of Gov. Ted Kulongoski's staff -- after Galizio provided the key, swing-vote on the Metolius Basin resort ban.

No new news to report on the story itself, however, I had a lengthy discussion with Rep. Brian Clem who sponsored the Metolius bill and shepherded it's passage with a razor thin majority. Clem, who is exploring a run for governor and stopped in Bend last week for 'pre-campaign' meet and greet, said he was confident that there was no quid-pro-quo at work with Galizio, who Clem knows well through their service in the House. However, Clem expressed strong reservations about the system of pseudo-patronage in Salem that allows legislators to slip into state jobs with little review or competition. In the case of Galizio, university system officials told both the Bulletin and the Oregonian that the job was never listed. In fact a job description wasn't even written before Galizio was tapped, according to the Bulletin.

Come today and now another case of a legislator with strong ties to a state agency taking an unadvertised job before the session ends. In this case a longtime Portland area legislator Margaret Carter has been hired as the deputy director for Human Services Program, according to a story that ran in the Oregonian today. While Carter says that conversations didn't start seriously about the job until after the Legislative session, she served co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means and had a key roll in developing the state budget this year, i.e. the trough at which Human Services drinks.

Think they might have been appreciative of any extra effort she put forth to preserve the agency's budget during a time of record cuts?

Oh yeah, one more thing, the job was never advertised.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Clem on Galizio

Pretty interesting story this morning in both the Oregonian and the Bulletin about what looks suspiciously like a quid pro quo on the Metolius destination

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 9:54 PM

 
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Rumor mill turns

I had a chance last night to vet at least a couple of rumors about downtown last night at our Best Of party. I talked

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 12:17 AM

I had a chance last night to vet at least a couple of rumors about downtown last night at our Best Of party. I talked to one business owner about a recent local blog report that the downtown chocolate shop, Chocolat e Gateaux,

is closing soon and that Astro and Marz may not be far behind as the landlord pursues a plan to remodel the Minnesota Ave. building that house all three. According to one of the business owners the rumor is partially true. The owner is putting the squeeze on tenants as part of an ambitious makeover. And the work would impact Astro. The bar would reportedly lose about four feet as the wall is moved in to create more space for a new tenant. But don't expect Astro to disappear anytime soon. The timeline for the plan is more on the scale of months or years as opposed to weeks.

While it's certainly not good news for Astro, the sky is not yet falling on one of Bend's best loved nightclubs.

Still working on another rumor that changes could be in store for the popular Downtowner deli that could see it vacating its current home and joining up with its sister establishment, The Summit. Hope to have an update on that tomorrow.

On the topic of restaurants, also heard that The Phoenix restaurant in the Old Mill is closing its doors.


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Launching and Re-launching

As you've no doubt noticed, the Source has completely re-vamped our website this week. We're pretty excited about the changes, most of which are very

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 12:34 AM

As you've no doubt noticed, the Source has completely re-vamped our website this week. We're pretty excited about the changes, most of which are very evident. The re-design is just part of a larger effort to keep the paper, if we can still call it that, relevant to a world that is becoming more and e-dependent. To that end we've incorporated some new tools into the site making it easier to share and comment on stories as well as to communicate with the authors and folks like me who are both contributors and gatekeepers. What is a little less tangible than the new bells and whistles is an overall shift in approach at the paper, away from a once a week, pile of refined wood-pulp that drops on your nearby streetcorner toward a product that is more essential and in touch with the everyday goings on around town. Don't get me wrong you'll still be getting the good old Source in your hands every Wednesday afternoon -- hot off the press -- but you'll also be seeing more regular new blasts, story updates, blog posts, and local video every day at tsweekly.com as we incorporate the web and web readers more and more into what we do every day.

I'm personally, kicking this effort off by re-purposing The Beacon, which served as our winter sports blog into a news and entertainment blog that will sit somewhere between the partisan politics over at the Wandering Eye and the local music focused Blender Blog. 

I'll try to get some news and commentary up here on a daily basis that offers a little bit of insight into what's going on around Central Oregon. Or I might just use it to talk about fishing and my lovely daughters. Depends on the day. 

If you have questions, comments or just want to give a shout out don't hesitate to drop me a line here at the Beacon, shoot me an email, or get real Old School and call the office where I can be found most days from 9-5 thinking happy thoughts. 

Most of all thanks for reading, we're so pleased to have you along on this journalistic journey.

-- Eric 

 

 


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