I just found out today that Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant closed suddenly on Monday (yesterday)—here’s the article that appeared in today’s paper:
Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant — a fixture on the Third Street corridor since 1996 — closed Monday.
Soaring food prices, an economic downturn and possibly a theme that had run its course in restaurant-saturated Bend all contributed to the closure, said Michael Ceccanti, the co-owner along with his wife, Jackie.
“The economy in the last year and a half has really gone negative,” said Ceccanti, 59. “The harder we try, the worse it is.”
The news is pretty surprising, and sucks; I enjoyed eating there, and they had a hard-to-beat lunch deal.