Laughing Planet coming to Bend

Portland-based Laughing Planet Cafe plans to open a restaurant in Bend by early June, CEO Franz Spielvogel said Monday.

The restaurant will be located in the former home of Taylor’s Sausage Deli & Pub, 913 N.E. Third St.

“We are doing a total renovation of the space,” Spielvogel wrote in an email. “The space will be very different, featuring living walls, (which are walls filled with plants), game area and yes — lots of our collectible toys.”

He said the menu will be the same as the Portland locations, featuring locally sourced bowls, salads, burritos, all-fruit smoothies, along with a juice bar and microbrews on tap.

The company is also building restaurants in Reno, Nev., and Lake Oswego, which will bring the total number of locations, including Bend, to 14.

“Bend is the next logical step for our company since there is little available in our category and the demographic of active/outdoor enthusiasts are our core customers,” he wrote.

— Bulletin staff reports