"We're thrilled to be part of Corvallis," Chris Dussin, the second-generation head of the family-owned company, told a throng of supporters following a Chamber Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new eatery, "and we're thrilled to finally be open."
OSF transformed the depot, which sits on the banks of the Willamette River, into its first-ever College Town store. It added extensive interior remodeling and decorated the walls with Oregon State University and Corvallis photos and memorabilia. The site was once home to other restaurants and bars, including Michael's Landing and the Terminus, which shuttered operations in mid-2013. The building has sat idle ever since.
The decision to open a Corvallis location isn't surprising since Dussin is an OSU alum and lives in Portland. "We want to see if we can make our concept work in a college setting in a smaller environment ," he said. The Corvallis store is 6,000 square feet and can accommodate about 200 patrons.
OSF's other restaurants - in more than 40 other cities and Japan - are 10,000 to 12,000 square feet and can have seating for 300 to 450 customers. The company is adding a patio to the rear of the building that will allow for additional seating during the warmer months.
It also has a banquet facility and a catering service. The Chamber will host a Business After Hours at the eatery some time early next year.