A Cool New Restaurant Below Downtown Bend
On Oregon Avenue, just east of Wall Street sits a vintage theatre-style sign that harkens back to the days of speakeasies, cigarette-selling girls and jazz music. The sign announces The Capitol restaurant and bar, sitting below Patagonia and Blue Mountain Coffee. A quick descent down the stairs presents the spacious 300-capacity restaurant, complete with high back booths surrounding tables and chairs. Arcade games and pinball machines line the walls, but the standout novelty is a photo booth, ready to capture the evening’s fun.
Linking the restaurant and the concert venue lies a beautiful granite and stainless steel bar, backed by two large television screens showing old movies, sporting events, or the band performing on the stage. The wide range of programming points to the many faces of The Capitol.
“I love that we are a place people can come to dance or see a live band, have a signature cocktail or enjoy a gourmet meal,” says co-owner Sean Day.
Day and business partner Nate Edgell opened The Capitol in late 2015 to an excited crowd searching for another local music venue and late night eatery. Word quickly spread among residents and tourists alike of the eclectic new hangout serving house made food until 2 a.m. Day, a former bartender at Velvet, and Edgell, a ski and snowboard instructor at Mt. Bachelor, have carved out a niche bar/restaurant/music venue in the middle—and below—Downtown Bend.
In addition to serving hungry patrons and the mass of late night music lovers, The Capitol is beginning to make a name for themselves handling private events. Their 1750 square foot dining space can be sectioned off for privacy or left open for a casual affair. The area can handle 80 seated patrons and 150 in a cocktail setting. Full restaurant buyouts are available, as is catering for off-site events. Because they are also a concert venue, they have all required audio or video equipment necessary for a successful event.
The Capitol’s stellar cuisine is the culinary creation of Chef Luke Mason. Mason brings his experience working at acclaimed restaurants such as California’s Square One and Portland’s WildWood to Bend. His culinary style centers around the use of local and organic ingredients and a belief that producing everything in-house will give him the highest quality product. Mason’s hard work pays off in the form of beet hummus, kale salad, one of the best burgers in town, and his pan cotta dessert. Sixteen taps pouring local craft beer, hard cider and kombucha top off your experience.
Although open for less than a year, The Capitol has become a local hangout by hosting local shows such as “Beat Lab Radio,” “Simmer Down Sounds,” “Comedy Underground,” and “Local’s Night.”
“All four of these shows have gained so much traction that we’ve brought them all on multiple times per month,” says Day. “We love our little awesome city!”