CORVALLIS, Ore. –The Old Spaghetti Factory says it is opening a restaurant in Corvallis this year.
North of downtown Corvallis sits an old train depot on Northwest Second Street that has been transformed into restaurant after restaurant – and The Old Spaghetti Factory hopes to change the failing business cycle by bringing its chain to Corvallis.
Previous restaurants at the site include Michael’s Landing and Terminus. The property is a few blocks north of the downtown area with a view of the Willamette River.
Previous Terminus customers Mary and Jerry Wellman say they think it is the location of the property that has forced past restaurants to close their doors. They say some of their friends don’t even know the old train depot is there.
“It’s too bad that it’s two blocks north of where everyone else tends to go,” Jerry Wellman said. “So it seems that this might not be a great location for any kind of restaurant unless they have any kind of prior image.”
The Old Spaghetti Factory, a family business that started in Portland in 1969, is still family-owned. The chain owns 41 other restaurants in the United States, and two in Japan.
“I’m personally really excited about it because I’ve always enjoyed going to the restaurant at multiple different places,” said OSU graduate Chase Bains. “I grew up in Cincinnati and I went there with my family.”
Bains and one of his friends say they love eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
“We both went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Seattle and I really enjoyed it,” said his friend Jordan Jennings.
Both Bains and Jennings think that coming to a college town will help give the business more success than other restaurants because of how well-known it is and because of its deals.
“I’m definitely looking forward to November when it opens,” Bains said. “I just think that will be a really good thing for Corvallis.”
But others are not as thrilled about another chain coming to town. The Wellmans, for example, say they prefer one-of-a-kind restaurants.
“It was different when it was Terminus,” said Jerry Wellman. “It was very different. Unique.”
Despite their different tastes, the Wellmans say it will be nice to see the old train depot come back alive.
“I noticed there was a big tree limb down in the parking lot and it just looks sad,” said Mary Wellman. “It would be nice to have somebody in there.”
The company will start renovations soon and hopes to open by mid-November.