La Rosa Authentic Mexican Kitchen is moving to NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community on Bend’s west side, citing limited seating and parking at its current location on Northwest College Way. The Jaliscan cuisine restaurant, which has been at its existing site for about 3 1/2 years, is expected to open in its new space this spring. The new location, a stand-alone building on the southeast corner of Mt. Washington Drive and Northwest Crossing Drive, is in the final design stage, according to NorthWest Crossing management. The newly constructed 2,940-square-foot building will begin interior construction within the month.
La Rosa is one of the best Mexican restaurants in town, but space has always been an issue. It’s a good move for them overall, but I have to wonder if moving farther west (rather than closer to downtown) will help or hurt them in the long run.