BEND, OR -- Food truck lots have popped up in nearly every Central Oregon city over the past few years; the latest is slated to open this spring on the east side of Bend.
Eric Kramer and his wife are leasing a vacant lot on NE Cushing, near 27th and Medical Center Drive. He says the area needs a family-friendly gathering place. "We’re going to have six food trucks. We do have an acre, so we’re going to have lawn games and plenty of green grass and places for kids to hang out- dogs to hang out. And, we’re just one of the newer places on the east side to hang out – a place that’s lacking in cool hangout spots." He adds, "The east side, in general, is underserved. But, especially at this location, you have the hospital there, you have all the other medical buildings, Phagans Beauty School, it’s all right there. And, it’s just a bunch of employees with really nowhere for them to go have lunch- or very few places for them to go have lunch, and maybe walk over and have a beer after work."
Kramer tells KBND News construction is under way on the On Tap taphouse
, which will anchor the property. "We’re hoping to be open the beginning to middle of April. We’re building right now, and with this very mild winter, everything’s kind of cruising along pretty nicely." He says the one-acre lot will provide lots of room to grow in the future.