Bend restaurateur expands business

Bend restaurateur expands business

Gavin McMichael opened The Blacksmith Restaurant in 2003, and now is expanding his business by opening a soul food restaurant.

He recently also began consulting other business owners about how to stabilize their businesses and operate more efficiently in the current economy.

“The economy, just like a river, has the ability and want to change its course from time to time,” said McMichael, 42, who owns The Blacksmith Restaurant in Bend. “Sometimes as business owners, you need to go and meet the river again.”

Most recently, McMichael adapted by bringing another restaurant to Bend: Bourbon Street Sea and Soul Food, which is opening this week in downtown Bend. Located in the former Staccato space, Bourbon Street is what McMichael said marks the midway point of his diversification plan to survive the recession.

Read more at The Bulletin.

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