Saw something about this the other day, I think, but the Bulletin has an article today: Ciao Mambo in downtown Bend closed its doors.
Local eatery Ciao Mambo closed its doors last week after serving Italian cuisine to Bend for more than a year.
Owner Gary Sather cited the down economy as the primary reason for shutting down. He said he has been planning to close Ciao Mambo, which employed 17 people, for months.
“The economy is just real bad in Bend,” Sather said. “Our business model didn’t fly under the conditions.”
I thought it was probably doing all right, so I’m a bit surprised to read that the owner planned the closing for so long.
And news comes out today that McGrath’s Fish House (over by the Bend River
Mall Promenade) is filing for bankruptcy; there are no plans for closing—yet—but it sure seems like an ominous sign. If they do end up closing this year, I wouldn’t be surprised in light of the Chapter 11.