Central Oregon’s Food Scene Gets Major Upgrade With 10 New Trucks

The outside of the Powder House. It's a brown building with tall pine trees behind it on a sunny day with blue skies.
Photo by Powder House Ski & Patio via Google Local.

Plans are underway to expand Bend's food cart scene with a new hub slated to open near OSU-Cascades on the city's southwest side.

Tucked behind the Powder House Ski and Snowboard Shop, the space will accommodate 10 food trucks by the summer of 2025. Owner Todd McGee outlined the vision: a 9,000 square foot, two-story taphouse featuring an event center and ten food carts.

McGee is initiating this food truck venture as the second phase of the property's development. The first phase saw an expansion of the existing building which was completed last year.

This new food pod and taphouse are part of a broader surge in the area's food cart industry. Since 2013, when Bend had only one food cart pod, the number has blossomed to over 30.

With a target opening in the summer of 2025, the site is already attracting a lot of interest from potential vendors. So far around 30 food cart vendor applications have been submitted for the new pod. McGee said that they'll be looking for food trucks emphasizing flavor and homemade food rather than deep fried options.