Climbers/Chefs Captivated by Smith Rock Set to Reopen the Terrebonne Depot



February 28, 2019

When chefs Jamie Bouchard and Evan Schwender followed the siren song of Smith Rock to come climb and explore 3 years ago from Rhode Island, little did they know what future mark they would make on the area. The food scene of the area to be more exact.

Set to reopen the Terrebonne Depot in early April, the partners get to combine their love of food and building community with their love of the area. Former chefs at 900 Wall in Bend, Evan ran the grill side of the business during the day shift, while Jamie was the pastry chef. They also ran their own food cart, Beta Bites in the Bend Rock Gym parking lot, since last April, closing up last week to prep for the big move to their own restaurant. The two see the Terrebonne Depot as a good segue from the food cart to continue with their customer base of climbers, expanding into the wider community of those who love Smith Rock.

Chefs Jamie Bouchard (in front) and Evan Schwender (in cart) with their former food cart.

Chefs Jamie Bouchard (in front) and Evan Schwender (in cart) with their former food cart.

Jamie and Evan intend to not only stay with the Terrebonne Depot name, but keep some of their signature dishes and customer favorites, adding their own flair. With a focus on locally sourced seafood, beef, and produce, they plan to combine Contemporary American cuisine with a European influence. Add to that some fun bar specials and pastry desserts. Look for more special events, wine dinners, and brunch down the road.

Hiking and exploring the extended area sealed the deal for the family to stay.

Hiking and exploring the extended area sealed the deal for the family to stay.

We want to provide an experience, not just delicious food. A place where customers are welcomed into a warm, friendly atmosphere to be taken care of.
— Evan Schwender

Terrebonne Depot founders (and avid climbers) Ian and Kristin Yurdin are very excited to have the place in the hands of fellow rock climbers. Back when they opened in 2006, they had spent two years renovating the abandoned 100 year-old train depot into a restaurant, after tireless calls to the owner of the building when they came to climb. They’re back again to give their beloved building a makeover before turning it over to another set of climbers. From repainted walls, refinished tables and bar, and a new HVAC system for better airflow, the Terrebonne Depot will have a very familiar feeling, but recharged for its next incarnation.

Kristin Yurdin holds Casbah, while Ian Yurdin smiles contently in their happy place at Smith Rock. Image courtesy of Andy Mann.

Kristin Yurdin holds Casbah, while Ian Yurdin smiles contently in their happy place at Smith Rock. Image courtesy of Andy Mann.

The future looks like the past in the customers it serves. It will continue to be special for all of the visitors of Smith Rock and the local community.
— Ian Yurdin
The Terrebonne Depot awaits its next incarnation coming this spring.

The Terrebonne Depot awaits its next incarnation coming this spring.