Beer is the big news this week. (It's recession proof - donchayaknow?) As reported above, a new beer bar is planned for the area around College Way. The Abbey Pub will start serving as soon as Wednesday. But that's not the only westside beer news; it appears that 10 Barrel Brewing has found a home for its lineup of micros at the former Di Lusso digs on Galveston. The local brewery, which is an offshoot of JC's Bar and Grill, has been searching recently for a spot to showcase its beers and briefly considered taking over the Rising Star building, but decided to search for a more modest investment. Operations manager Garrett Wales told The Source recently that the brewery was trying to steer clear of micro-heavy downtown Bend, favoring a westside location. With the deal for the former Di Lusso space it appears that 10 Barrel will have the smaller westside environs that it was searching for. The arrival will also help solidify Galveston as a beer drinkers haven with 10 Barrel joining the recently opened Brother Jon's Public House, a neighborhood bar launched by several Deschutes alums, that features a nice selection of micros and a laid back beer sipping atmosphere, complete with a sneaker summer patio around the back.
Moving from beers to margaritas, Hola! held its grand opening party last Friday in the Old Mill after last minute mechanical issues forced a delay in the launch. The doors were open, the tables were packed and brass trumpet blasts from the mariachi band could be heard across the parking lot.