Rumors of the impending demise of Typhoon, the popular Thai restaurant on Bond Street in downtown Bend, apparently are just that — rumors.
I spoke this afternoon to Jim Thomas, a member of Typhoon’s board of directors, and he vehemently denied that the company plans to close its Bend restaurant.
Never mind that Typhoon has been charged with civil rights violations by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Never mind that its founder, Stephen Kline, died following a heart attack in August. Never mind that two of the seven members of the Typhoon group have closed in the Portland area in recent months.
Never mind that COG (that’s my acronym for Central Oregon Gossip) has been circulating the word about Typhoon’s slow death for well over a year.
“Only two of our restaurants have ever closed,” Thomas said. “Those were in West Linn and on Broadway in downtown Portland (at the Hotel Lucia).
“Our northwest Portland restaurant is still open, as well as our restaurants in Gresham, Beaverton, and Redmond, Wash. Plus we have a presence on the campus of Microsoft (in Redmond).”
Thomas speculated that recent rumors began when the restaurant’s Bo Restobar, located in the same Franklin Crossing building, reduced its winter hours to Thursday-to-Saturday evenings only.
“There is a distinct possibility that we will consolidate the Bo bar into the restaurant at some point,” Thomas said. “But otherwise, we’re going to keeping doing what we’re doing now, which is serving lunch and dinner every day.”
Thomas said the restaurant group feels no pressure from the legal suit filed against it. But he wouldn’t comment further. “It’s an ongoing investigation,” he said. “We’re not supposed to talk about it.”