Coyote Creek Café and Gifts located in Downtown Lakeview, next door to the Golden Gem is now open for business.
Owned by Derek and Patricia Schuman, they officially opened their doors for business on Sunday, July 1. The pair had previously owned The Homestead in Paisley from 2006-2011.
“Patricia’s parents live here in Lakeview and after we sold our house in Baker City we decided to come to Lakeview,” Derek said adding that he had been working as a produce manager at Safeway, while Patricia worked in the deli. Both of them expressed a desire to return to owning a business.
Derek and Patricia officially got to Lakeview on Wednesday, June 6 and immediately got to work getting the supplies they needed for the building that used to be Unity Consultations.
“When we got the keys to the building, all that was in here was a sink and a refrigerator,” Derek said.
The “Gifts” part of the name refers to consignments that the Schuman’s are going to offer.
“We have a professional photographer going to bring in some of their work, we’ve talked to Bob White and he’s going to bring in some of his reclaimed furniture,” Derek said.
“We have one lady that’s going to bring in some antique things such as dishes,” Patricia said. “My sister and possibly my mom are going to be bringing in some handmade pot holders and some jewelry to sell.”
When coming up with the name, Derek and Patricia wanted a name that they could build a logo around and looked at names that were part of the theme of the Oregon Outback.
Derek admitted that the first week has been a little slow, but he attributed that to it being a holiday weekend and the fact that not a lot of people know that the restaurant is there.
“Word of mouth is really helping us out a lot and we’ve had a few rushes of people come through,” Derek said. “We really want our customers to know that we’ll have free Wi-Fi and we want this to be a cozy little place to come hang out.”
Coyote Creek isn’t currently hiring staff, just because business has been slow to start.
Coyote Creek serves a variety of sandwiches including a Rueben, Egg Salad Sandwich, Triple Decker Sandwich, wraps with a choice of plain, tomato or spinach tortilla and more. The menu also features soups and salads as well. Derek makes the soups homemade and so far the menu has featured potato and hamburger soup. Coyote Creek also has a variety of breakfast menu items including biscuits and gravy and breakfast burritos. Their entire menu is served all day long, with the exception of the Biscuits and Gravy. With how expensive a hood system is, Derek and Patricia can’t offer a full menu, so they’re sticking with soups, sandwiches and more.
They’re looking forward to getting the building more cozy and really focusing on customer service, in order to have customers keep coming back and really building the business.
“We don’t serve food on paper plates or baskets,” Derek said. “We have some china, because we believe that if you’re going out to eat and spend the money, we want you to have something nice to eat off of.”
Coyote Creek Café and Gifts is located at 12 N. E St in Lakeview and is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays and closed Monday.
For more information contact 541-219-6815.