Goodbye Marz, Hello Deco Bistro

If you’re a fan of the Marz Planetary Bistro in downtown Bend, you might want to make plans for one last visit.  By this time next month, it will be a memory.

Owner Gavin McMichael, who purchased the restaurant in September, announced today that he will close Marz shortly after the New Year.  After a brief but thorough renovation, he said, it willl reopen as the Deco Bistro.

The new restaurant, McMichael told me, will feature classic American bistro fare from the Art Deco era of the 1920s.

A local favorite since it was established in 1999, the restaurant has been known for its wide range of globally inspired dishes, from European to Asian and South American.  Such popular local chefs as Jeff Hunt (now at Spork) and Rich Hall (now at Level 2) built their reputations on the sophisticated comfort food, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere kept locals coming back week after week. 

For now, Marz is open from 5 p.m. to close every day at 163 N.W. Minnesota Ave. in Bend. For a reservation, call 541-389-2025.

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