Brian and Mike McMenamin are the principal partners in McMenaminPubs and Breweries, a privately held corporation that bought itsfirst restaurant in 1974 and now own more than 40 properties inOregon and Washington, including pubs, restaurants, hotels andtheaters. The brothers say they looked at Bend's now-vacatedDowntown city fire station on Minnesota Avenue, but found St.Francis School more suitable.

The duo has built a reputation for transforming larger, marginalproperties, such as McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Hotel Oregonin McMinnville and the former Kennedy Elementary School inNortheast Portland, into vibrant, mixed-use entertainmentmeccas.

In Bend, they intend to use the front of the St. Francis Schoolbuilding as a pub, and convert the classroom wing along LouisianaAvenue into 15 to 20 rooms of lodging. The gymnasium and parishcenter next door to the school will be transformed into a theateror a venue for live music or special events.

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