Redmond struggles for rebirth

A comparison of closed restaurants in Redmond and Bend shows a gap in progress.

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Two restaurants in Redmond and Bend closed around the same time, but only the Redmond space is still vacant, indicating the challenges that remain for the city’s revitalization efforts.

Last winter, a Bend restaurant and a Redmond restaurant closed within a month of each other. What has happened at the two vacant buildings helps tell the story of how far Redmond has to go before its downtown is revitalized. In January, Merenda closed in downtown Bend. About a month later, Redmond’s Guido and Vito’s Italian Eatery closed its doors in the New Redmond Hotel, the largely vacant but historical centerpiece of the area…

The former Merenda space was filled within a few months, replaced by the restaurant 900 Wall. There are at least a half dozen vacancies in downtown Redmond. What was Guido and Vito’s sits at the city’s “100 percent corner” — the most valuable corner downtown, because it’s central to the area, according to Community Development Director Heather Richards. Filling vacancies like that will help signal Redmond has revitalized its downtown, Community Development Director Heather Richards said.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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