New Ranch-to-Plate Restaurant, Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge, Brings Cowboy Spirit to Bend

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Courtesy Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

Bend, Oregon, get ready to welcome a new culinary gem! Chef Brian Malarkey is bringing his much-anticipated restaurant, Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge, to his hometown. The long-awaited restaurant and lounge will open its doors on Sunday, June 16.

Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge isn’t just any dining spot; it’s a vibrant, modern cowboy-themed haven. Notably, it celebrates Oregon’s great outdoors and offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all.

A Tribute to Central Oregon Roots

Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge is more than just a restaurant. It’s a heartfelt tribute to celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey’s hometown and the Central Oregon community. Teaming up with his brother James Malarkey, Brian has created a space that honors their ranching and rodeo heritage.

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Courtesy Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

After 20 years of building successful restaurants, the Malarkey brothers are thrilled to bring their ranch-to-plate concept to life. Malarkey’s tenure includes a television chef career and founding Chef’s Life cooking oil brand.

Top Chef enthusiasts will surely remember Malarkey as a Top Chef Season 3 finalist. He also went on to compete in Top Chef Masters season 17.

Ranch-to-Table Paradise

Malarkey purchased the former home to Walt Reilly’s, offering an 11,000-square-foot wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

Imagine dining in semi-private spaces resembling canvas tents, enjoying a meal on the seasonal outdoor patio. Guests can enjoy a ‘Kids Camp’ area and roast s’mores by the live fire.

Inside, a birchwood stage sets the scene for local bands and touring artists, featuring everything from Johnny Cash to the Lumineers.

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Courtesy Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

“Opening Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge in Bend is a deeply personal endeavor and a dream come true for my brother James and me,” says Chef/Owner Brian Malarkey.

“This restaurant is a heartfelt celebration of our Central Oregon heritage, the ranching and rodeo traditions that have shaped us, and the incredible community we’re so proud to be a part of.”

From their own P-B Hawkeye Ranch in Tumalo, the Malarkeys raise beef and chickens to supply the restaurant. The locally sourced ingredients tell a story of home, creating a connection between the food and the land.

A Premier Event Destination

Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge is set to become Bend’s premier event destination. With spaces designed for private parties, an intimate private dining room, a vibrant lounge area, and a large private event space with its own stage and outdoor patio, it offers a perfect backdrop for any celebration.

plate of steak with charred garlic and lemon
Courtesy Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

Chef Brian Malarkey’s Vision

The restaurant’s unique approach includes an onsite butcher shop and smoker to minimize waste and offer high-quality steaks at accessible prices. Experience a mix of traditional and innovative dishes like Beef Tongue Tostadas, Cracked Skin Pork Belly, Campfire Cornbread, and Columbia River Salmon.

The drink menu features local beers, Pacific Northwest wines, and themed cocktails and mocktails. Don’t miss the weekday Happy Hour featuring the $10 Hawkeye Burger on Texas Toast with a $1 Coors Light add-on, one of the best local deals!

Inspired by Oregon’s Heritage

Designed by Heylen Thienes, founder of Bend-based design firm Tricorn Black, the restaurant’s renovation reflects Oregon’s ranching and foraging heritage. Guests can dine ‘under the stars’ or in cozy canvas tents, surrounded by a material palette inspired by charcoal, fire, and flowing rivers. The bathrooms are a highlight with their playful wallpapers and designs, ensuring that every visit is memorable.

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Courtesy Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

Visit Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge

Hawkeye & Huckleberry Lounge will be open Sunday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-10 p.m. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-5 p.m., with Industry Nights on Mondays.

225 SW Century Drive Bend, OR, 97702
Reservations are strongly encouraged

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