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‘The Barn in Sisters’ taking shape

Driving or walking past Main Avenue and Fir Street, the super structure of a barnlike building is beginning to show form and resembling a Sisters Country ranch building in the middle of town. Its completion date is the first week of October, just in time for Sisters Folk Festival. By all appearances it looks feasible that the due date can be met.

“The Barn in Sisters” as it will be known, is a mixed-use dining and drinking enterprise with an enclosed bar and commissary kitchen. There will be a stage for music planned for weekends. Outside is where most of the action will take place according to Daniel St. Lawrence, who is developing the property. He is also the proprietor of Boone Dog Pizza, one of the food carts at Eurosports Food Cart Garden.

While it is not a venue for this year’s Festival, St. Lawrence envisions it as a good location for the annual music event.

“We will have a game yard, native-plant landscaping, and four food carts, Boone Dog being one,” St. Lawrence said.

The others will be named shortly as lease negotiations are finalized. Seating is slated to be 50 indoor and 150 outdoor.

The mostly wood structure with steel support is made from recycled logs reclaimed from a project expansion at Sisters Eagle Airport. St. Lawrence and his brother salvaged the timber and cut it into lumber for the building and fence.

With parking places on-street and between both sides of Fir Street and Main Avenue, St. Lawrence projects that parking will not be an issue. Many patrons will walk to The Barn, he imagines. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends. There will be an offering of coffee and pastries in the morning hours available from the kitchen.

The project was designed to St. Lawrence’s vision by Shane Fox of Snowfox Equipment and then taken from concept to final design by Hemlock Building Design of Bend. The General Contractor for the nearly 1,800-square-foot building is C. Potterf Construction. The total project footprint is roughly 5,000 square feet.

The project is surrounded by a temporary steel fence both for pedestrian safety and to protect the building materials that are of high value during the critical lumber shortage being experienced nationwide.


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