I just heard that Sumi, the owner of the recently closed Kuishinbo Kitchen on Minnesota in downtown Bend, has found a new location. She's going to reopen in the former Mercury Diner location on College Way (by La Rosa and Kava Coffee). Even better: she plans to start serving dinner.
Now if only El Super Burrito would have as much luck finding a new spot . . .
I'm truly sad to read the Hans will soon be joining the list "former" downtown Bend restaurants. My office is downtown, and I'm slowly loosing my favorite lunch spots.
From my experience with Jackalope Grill, I'm guessing you either had exceptionally bad luck or that there's more to this story. My wife and I just celebrated our 16th anniversary by having a night out in Bend without the kids. On a recommendation from Bend Oregon Restaurants, we decided to start the night at Jackalope Grill. When we get the chance to enjoy a nice meal, we always go for the complete "soup to nuts" approach - appetizers, entrees, salads, wine(s), desserts. We order the works, and we trust the wait staff to help guide our choices.
From the Oregon crab stuffed mushrooms and Chehalem Pinot Gris to the grilled lamb shank paired with a surprisingly good imported red (can't recall the name - recommended by our knowledgeable server) to the homemade ice cream, every course was excellent. Bend is quickly making a place for itself on the foodies' map, and Jackalope is among the best here.