Ernesto’s – closed!

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.

4 thoughts on “Ernesto’s – closed!

  1. Noooooo! I loved their happy hour. Absolutely the best way to end a big day up on Bachelor… binging on free pizza and drinking cheap pitchers of Mirror Pond! I’m SO sad. Really. Can you investigate some other happy hours that will make us… happy?

  2. I just moved to Bend 4 months ago. I heard Ernesto’s was highly recommended. I hadn’t eaten there yet, so it sucks that they’re closed now.

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