Those in the loop have probably already heard that a new restaurant with a New Orleans theme is set to open in the Staccato location by mid-July. I had a chance to sit down with owner Gavin McMichael (also owner of The Blacksmith Restaurant) to find out more about this soon to be new addition to downtown Bend.
Amy: Tell me a little about the concept.
Gavin: Seafood, soul food, really family friendly. We plan to be casual in our approach to food and atmosphere. It'll be good food, good times--just like the Big Easy. We are excited to bring Southern soul food into the downtown area at affordable prices.
Amy: Kid friendly, that's always good for Bend. But what about those of us who prefer a seat at the bar?
Gavin: At the bar, you can expect to see New Orleans favorites like hurricanes, mint juleps, sazaracs, plus a tableside, mix-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar with all of the ingredients to mix it however you want to.
Amy: Ooh...I hope you are open for brunch.
Gavin: Yes, we're going to be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so it's a place you really can stop by anytime.
Amy: Will food be sourced locally?
Gavin: We will use as many local purveyors as we can, we always make the effort to do that.
For those of us who've been to New Orleans, great food, great music, art and nightlife pretty much sum up the infectious 'joie de vivre' attitude. Bourbon Street Bend hopes to adopt that same "always a reason to celebrate" attitude, including celebrations for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival, following the New Orleans calendar throughout the year.
This summer, patrons can look forward to a three-piece band on the front patio playing live Jazz. On Friday and Saturday nights, live entertainment will include a sing-a-long piano. Personally, I cannot wait to experience a taste of the French Quarter right here in Bend.