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.