Little Bites: Ch-ch-ch-changes | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Little Bites: Ch-ch-ch-changes

A sampler platter of Bend's dining developments

Palate, A Coffee Bar is the new timber-and-corrugated-steel, hipster-friendly cafe that moved into Maragas' old spot on Colorado Avenue. Owners Jodi Groteboer and Jason Rhodes were longtime employees of Portland's storied Albina Press, a coffeehouse that has spawned several notably venues in Portland. Offering Stumptown beans, they should also have beer and wine, too (6 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun.).

Luvs Doughnuts has leased a space inside The Oxford Hotel formerly occupied by the High Desert Art Gallery. That means that between the new shop and the also recently opened Dough Nut, we will be rolling in doughnut possibilities on the Westside.

More doughuts! Glazed and Amused Doughnuts, which opened for business in November, continues to push savory and sweet gourmet doughnuts through the window of their food truck. The maple bacon doughnut (Rosco) is a favorite. Cleverly parked near the Domino Room and Midtown, they serve munchies for the post-concert crowds. (2 p.m.-10 p.m., Tues.-Sat.).

Brickhouse owner Jeff Porad assures his restaurant is still on track to move from the Old Mill into the downtown Firehall building by mid-April. Porad said to expect the same great food, but diners should expect to see a more casual and affordable section that will cater to weekday lunch patrons. Brickhouse, which will be open seven days a week and serve lunch six of those days, also plans to introduce an expanded happy hour menu.

La Rosa has expanded to a new location on Brookswood. With the same dinner menu and expansive tequila options as their NorthWest Crossing location, the new spot affords southside diners a shorter drive time for the same great food. (4 p.m. Tues. – Sun; happy hour 4 p.m. -6 p.m.) Brookswood Meadow Plaza, 19570 Amber Meadow Dr.

With a new copper bar providing a fresh feel for the restaurant's interior, the Blacksmith celebrated its grand reopening with updated food and cocktail menus. New owners Nekol Olsenand and Todd Bradwell hope to take the restaurant away from a seedy thump-thump-thump late-night dance club reputation and back to its former more refined fine-dining glory.

It's official: Drake, a European-style diner will be taking over the former El Jimador location at the corner of Franklin and Wall. The Source got a sneak peek at its menu and we're excited to share that it is almost entirely gluten-free! Highlights include a classic bacon cheeseburger, short rib gravy Poutine, and a list of desserts as long as a baby's arm. Gourmet floats and milkshakes, like the ginger beer with carrot ice cream float and malted banana and toasted coconut shake, will be comprised of housemade ice cream. Executive chef Ryley Eckersley says that he hopes to keep the conceptual American menu as locally sourced as possible, as well as spice up the presentation with shape-shifting molecular gastronomy. Drake is aiming for a mid-April opening.

Salads, soups and sandwiches: The eastside Croutons is open for business. The new location, across from Los Jalapeños on Greenwood and 6th Street, hopes to attract the eastside market by opening on the far side of 97, a strategy that has worked well for other Bend restaurants like Longboard Louie's and Baldy's Barbeque. Open for lunch only for the first few weeks. 564 NE Greenwood Ave.

With a pending springtime opening, those living in the Franklin Crossing Building are looking forward to the addition of a coffeehouse called Bluebird Coffee, which includes a small stage for music and (fingers crossed) bongo playing.

New York City Sub Shop is open in a new location at the old Backporch Coffee locale on Newport Avenue, and serving more of its big-ass scrumptious sandwiches. The downtown location, occupied by New York City Sub since 1998, is now vacant, no word on what will be replacing it. We hear the small chain, which features restaurants in Jackson, Wyo., Hood River, Redmond and Bend, is doing well in its other new location near Safeway on 3rd Street, too. Love live subs. 1075 NW Newport Ave and 1642 NE 3rd St.

Pure Kitchen, a small plate and tapas bar, will open Thursday, March 28 in the old Bo Restobar location on Franklin Avenue. The restaurant will offer smalls plates at a low price point ($5 to $13), a full bar and specialty drinks. Owner Krit Dangruenrat is no stranger to the business: He has owned a Thai restaurant in the East Village in New York City for the last eight year. He recommends trying the mojito at his newly opened joint. 550 NW Franklin Ave.

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