The crew at Timbers Bistro in John Day has been hopping since opening for business in January.

Located at 742 W. Main St., the bistro offers a full espresso bar featuring Dillanos Coffee Roasters products. There is a drive-thru, as well indoor dining for breakfast and lunch, which includes a salad bar.

Timbers manager Tammy Clark, who has been in the customer service and coffee industry for 15 years, said the idea behind the business is a return to the area’s roots.

“I wanted to put the timber industry front and center, because it’s very much a part of this community,” she said.

The business is owned by Iron Triangle and employs 10 people.

“I wanted to go back to old school, fast homemade cooking and keep the menu very simple,” she said.

Located in the former McDonald’s Restaurant, the building has undergone a complete transformation. The interior design includes a mixture of barn wood and corrugated metal panels with tractor seat chairs.

“Every piece of the barn wood in here had to be planked,” Clark said.

She said the busyness they’re experiencing has made all the effort worth it.

“My girls work hard,” she said. “We love all the feedback we’ve gotten from the community at the drive-thru and on Facebook.”

Recently, baristas Cherise Holmstrom and Taylor Smith were keeping up with the morning drive-thru customers, preparing espressos, lattes, ice rages and infused Red Bull drinks.

Holmstrom said she’s enjoyed seeing the transformation of the building.

“We’re bringing something new to the community,” she said.

“I love that it’s staying busy,” Smith added. “It’s nice that they’re showing a lot of support throughout the community.”

Clark said they’ve been so busy during the lunch hour they sold out of cheesy broccoli soup before noon recently. Other soups served — and there’s a new one each day — include chicken tortilla, cheeseburger and bacon potato.

Breakfast sandwiches are available on a variety of breads including croissant, bagel, English muffin and waffles, and breakfast burritos are also on the menu.

Deli sandwiches, including paninis, are available for lunch, and recent hot lunch specials have included Philly steak sandwiches and enchiladas.

The salad bar has 18 items to choose from, including potato and pasta salad, and there are eight dressings.

For the sweet tooth, pastries by Stephanie Coleman range from cherry pie and blueberry oatmeal bars to jumbo-sized brownies and rice crispy treats.

A gift section features hats and hydro flasks, which Clark says they plan to expand in the future, and gift cards are available.

They’ll also add outdoor seating and fire pits.

Clark said she’s not been surprised by the positive response customers have had to the business.

“It’s nice in here, and fun, and as long as we have really good coffee and food, that’s what they want,” she said. “I have an amazing crew, and we love what we do. We hope that resonates with our customers, because we want them to feel at home here.”

Timbers is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and they will eventually be open on Sundays. For more information, call 541-575-0151.

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