BEND, OR. – In the Spring of 2018 Worthy Brewing will open its second restaurant called Taps and Tacos in downtown Bend. The focus will be simple: Worthy beer and Tex-Mex tacos.
“Everybody loves tacos and beer,” said Roger Worthington, the owner. “There’s a lot of great Mexican style food in Central Oregon, but we wanted to focus on my favorite – Tex-Mex. I went to school in Texas and while I don’t miss Texas much, I do miss their tacos, guacamole, chips, salsas and queso.”
Worthy Taps & Tacos will seat about 38-40 guests inside, and another 10 or so on the outdoor patio. The bar will feature experimental and one-off beers from the Heart and Soul Series, in addition to their regular rotation of packaged beers.
To insure the authenticity of the Tex-Mex flavor, Worthy recently sent their executive chef, Dirk Baxter, to Austin and San Antonio. He met with local chefs at renowned Tex-Mex eateries like Maudi’s, Chuy’s, Ztejas, Trudy, and Fuego.
“Being able to research the food from the source will allow us to bring true Tex-Mex cuisine to Central Oregon. Cuisine that is true in style, ingredients, and pleasing to the palate” said Baxter.
“One of the things I love about Tex-Mex is the speed,” said Worthington. “Within a minute or so of sitting down you can expect a basket of homemade chips with access to 6 or 7 colorful and tasty salsas. Salty chips and salsa pair well with lagers and pilsners, which we intend to keep on tap year around.”
Worthy’s new restaurant is slated to open March 2018. Kirsti Wolfe Designs will be partnering with Worthy on the interior design and aesthetic direction of its newest location and Edward Happel Construction will oversee and execute all building renovations.
About Worthy Brewing:
Worthy Brewing Company opened its doors in early 2013, delivering remarkably balanced beer that is hand-crafted using premium ingredients and the pristine water from the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon. Worthy’s campus includes a large outdoor biergarten, full restaurant, and a greenhouse and hop yard onsite for growing estate and experimental hops in conjunction with Oregon State University and Indie Hops. Earlier this year, Worthy completed the expansion of “Beertopia” which features the “Hopservatory,” with a large telescope, “The Hop Mahal,” a banquet space, “The Beermuda Triangle” expanded indoor seating, and “The Star Bar,” an open-air adults-only mezzanine bar. Worthy Brewing is located at 425 NE Bellevue, Bend, OR 97701.