Sunriver Resort set to revamp restaurants

Upgrades are part of $50 million in improvements

By Tim Doran / The Bulletin / @Newsinbendor

Beginning early next month, two restaurants at Sunriver Resort will close for several months as the resort revamps its food and beverage service.

The makeovers at Meadows at the Lodge and the Owl’s Nest pub are among $50 million in capital improvements that began at the resort in 2012, Libby Nations, Sunriver’s director of sales and marketing, said Tuesday.

Officials continue to refine concepts for the restaurants, she said, so specifics were not available. But the transformed dining locations will be ready for the summer season.

“We’ll share more of the details of the project over the next few months,” Nations said.

Both restaurants will remain available through New Year’s weekend, she said. Meadows’ last day is scheduled for Jan. 4 and Owl’s Nest’s, Jan. 9.

On Jan. 10, the Merchant Trader Café will become the new dining area, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, Nations said. The resort also plans to open The Grille at Crosswater four days a week.

Resort-wide renovations began with the guest rooms two years ago, she said. They moved outside and became more noticeable in 2013 with the opening of the resort’s beer garden in May and the dedication of Besson Commons in September, according to resort information.

Located adjacent to the main lodge, the commons features fire pits and bocce ball courts. It’s named for Col. Frank. S. Besson, commanding officer of Camp Abbot, the World War II training base that preceded the resort on the land 15 miles south of Bend.

The capital improvements also include The Cove, a 75,000-square-foot $3-million aquatic project. Construction began in September, the project manager told The Bulletin in October, and its features include a 3,200-square-foot pool, hot tub, restaurant and bar, other water features and a pond intended to create a habitat for the spotted frog.

The Cove, which will be available only to resort guests, is scheduled to be finished by Memorial Day.