Built in 1936, the Pine Tavern is not only one of Bend Oregon’s best restaurants, but it’s a tradition for locals and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Downtown along Mirror Pond, the restaurant is designed with unique characteristics that appeal to everyone, including the Ponderosa pine tree growing in the middle of the dining area and cozy nooks.
The Pine Tavern was founded in 1936 by two enterprising and courageous women named Maren Gribskov and Eleanor Bechen. At a time when the country was just barely pulling itself out of the Great Depression, these women built a thriving business serving a growing population of timber industry workers and their families. During World War II, Pine Tavern guests included soldiers stationed at Camp Abbot (now Sunriver) and the occasional tourist or skier who stumbled upon Bend. Over the course of almost thirty years, Maren Gribskov established the Pine Tavern as the best restaurant in Central Oregon.
Bert Bender & Joe Cenarrusa and Brad Hollebeck purchased the Pine Tavern in 1982. Bert, a Chicago native, spent years honing his restaurant skills by managing Sun Valley’s iconic Trail Creek Cabin and owning legendary Warm Springs Ranch in Ketchum, Idaho. From Idaho’s “Devil’s Bedstead” Bert imported the sinfully good sourdough scones and honey-butter that Pine Tavern diners continue to enjoy.
In the 90‘s, Bert and Joe had the patio and garden redesigned, resulting in a magical dining experience overlooking Mirror Pond that no summer diner should miss. In 2014 the Pine Tavern was sold to iconic restaurateur, Bill McCormick to continue the Pine Tavern's journey into the future.
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