*last updated 4/17 – we’ll keep updating this post as additional resources and business services/locations are announced *
Local and family-owned businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and while we are all navigating these unprecedented times, our local business community needs us now more than ever.
This is a stressful time for many restaurant and small business owners; Bend is known for its craft beers and breweries, fresh roasted coffee and gathering places, and delicious foodie hot spots. In a time where we’re practicing social distancing, we may not be able to physically eat out or meet for drinks right now, but we can remain strong in support of our friends, neighbors, and fellow local business owners. We’re all in this together!
*March 23 Update: Today, Governor Kate Brown issued an order for all residents to Stay Home. Additionally, the governor has ordered many businesses to remain closed until further notice. Several shops in Bend are reducing hours and using creative solutions to stay open in a limited fashion, and some remain open.
If you are going to head out, leverage these resources:
KTVZ + Open4Biz — a place where any Central Oregon business – not just restaurants – can share and update their current hours and information, for free, and others can look up that info from a map or search box — click here to view Open4Biz, search open businesses, or add your business to the registry.
Please continue to support our local businesses — Buy gift cards, order takeout, or arrange delivery. We’re lucky to live in a place filled with entrepreneurs and small businesses; let’s do what we can to support them through this extraordinary time so we can continue to enjoy their services, products, food, and drinks long after the pandemic is over.
SOS Bend: Keep Bend open and support your favorite local businesses in three easy steps:
1. Find the business you want to support on the map
2. Purchase “future credit”. This supports your local store as they weather the COVID-19 storm.
3. You’ll get a code sent to you via text you can use to redeem your credit in the future.
Central Oregon restaurants are still cooking food for the community, just in a new-ish way, and they need our support right now. We’ve compiled a list of resources showcasing how we can continue to enjoy our favorite dishes and beverages, and if you know of additional local listings or information, please drop us line (via the form at the bottom of the page) and we’d be glad to add.
Shop online, order takeout for curbside pickup or home delivery, or purchase gift certificates for all your favorite downtown businesses, shops, and eateries.
Per the City of Bend:
In support of downtown business, the City of Bend will temporarily relax parking restrictions and enforcement downtown. The City is creating some dedicated “Curbside Pick-Up Areas” that retailers and restaurants can use to easier serve customers so they can stay in business. Downtown parking adjustments include:
• No enforcement of time limits on City lots
• Free parking in the Centennial Parking Garage
• Creation of Curb-Side Pickup Zones in support of downtown business
Visit Bend has compiled a robust and interactive resource guide spurred by the temporary closing of all bars and sit-down eateries. Many Bend area restaurants, breweries, pubs, and bakeries are offering takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery so that you can maintain social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.
A running list—updated on the hour(ish)—of food service establishments serving takeout or delivery in Central Oregon.
A Facebook Group founded by, and dedicated to, local Bend business owners. The group is a great way to engage with fellow business owners and share ideas, support, services, and products to support each other. The group rule: Be kind and helpful.
Additional local Bend, Oregon business resources & quick links:
- Coronavirus Business Resources & Assistance – City of Bend
- Conronavirus HQ – The Source Weekly
- Bend, Oregon COVID-19 Information and Toolkit – Visit Bend
- News and Updates – the City of Bend
- Deschutes County COVID-19 Information
- Oregon Health Authority
As this situation is rapidly evolving, please send us any additional resources we’ve not listed above, and we’d be glad to add. And, let’s all do what we can to support our local businesses so that they will be here for us after the crisis has passed.