Hans is closing

News broke in the paper today that Hans is closing. As of August 31st, when their lease is up. It’s been a downtown staple for 24 years.

“It’s really a positive change for ourselves,” Weiss-Hoffman said. “The opportunity came up, and we feel it’s a good time to walk away with our heads up high.”

When the Wall Street restaurant’s lease came up this month, Weiss-Hoffman saw it as a sign that it’s time to call it quits. The restaurant’s rent would have increased, but not an unreasonable amount, Weiss-Hoffman said, emphasizing that rent prices didn’t drive her decision.

Her decision to close was based on many factors, she said, including downtown Bend’s increasingly competitive restaurant industry — at least two new restaurants have opened downtown this summer — rising food costs and a tight labor market.

“When it comes to the bottom line, there’s not a whole lot left at the end of the year,” she said. “And every new restaurant takes a little bit out — everybody wants a piece of the pie, but the pie is only so big.”

(I think that last line there is a pretty good summation of how downtown has developed in recent years. Whether that’s good or bad, I’ll leave up to you.)

This sucks. First Super Burrito, now Hans. I remember way back when Hans was just a bakery, Pastries by Hans. Then it developed into a bakery-and-sandwich place, etc. etc. These days it’s one of the better downtown restaurants and lunch spots.

6 thoughts on “Hans is closing

  1. I am just devistated! They have the BEST Turkey Sandwhiches. You must take me to lunch there (or in the park with take out) at least once a week until they close. And, I’d like a marbled cheesecake for my birthday from there, please.

  2. Their Oktoberfest dinners rival anything I’ve had anywhere… I love their potato pancakes. There just isn’t a comparable restaurant in town. Sad, sad, sad.

    In other news, did you see that Pastini Pasta is coming to the Old Mill? They’re a Portland chain I think.

  3. We’ll miss Heidi. When I interviewed here ~10 years ago, my first dinner was at Hans…it sold me on Bend.

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