Business Scene for the week of 3/8/17

A RESTAURANT AND MORE

James Machado and his daughter Nikole, 19, who both share a passion for cooking, have opened Cherrywood Café & Grill in Greenville. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu features an array of hearty breakfast and lunch items, including grilled sandwiches, soups and salads, along with a terrific selection of gourmet coffees and teas. James has several years of restaurant experience and is well known for his award-winning barbecue, which will be offered soon during their twice-monthly Saturday evening family night barbecues. He and his wife Mary have three other children: Eric, 23; Hailey, 16; and Trevor, 10.

FREE CUPCAKES MARCH 10

In what has become an anniversary tradition — this being their fourth — and to show her appreciation for the community’s support, Krissy Bauer and her staff are giving away cupcakes throughout the day Friday, March 10,

at her downtown Quincy eatery, The Knook. While they are a bit tucked away (in Grover’s Alley behind Flanigan Leavitt Insurance) they are well worth finding because this deli-style café serves an assortment of delightful, mouthwatering sandwiches, soups and salads.

MOONS TAKES A SHORT BREAK

As they have for years, Mike and Lisa Kelly
are taking a much-deserved (and, knowing these two hardworking individuals, I suspect its also
a much needed) short break and will close their dinner house in Quincy, Moons, for a short time. The iconic and popular restaurant is closing March 14 and will reopen March 30 for the upcoming season featuring its spring menu selections.

ST. PADDY’S DAY GIVEAWAYS DeeDee at Quincy Hot Spot and Cheryl at

Forest Stationers are giving away some great prizes and discounted coupons for merchandise at both stores with their “Find the Clover” three-day game in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. On March 15, 16 and 17, you can go into either store and pick a clover and claim its value. It could be a prize or it could be worth money

or a discount that can be applied to your purchase, which of course, you are not obligated to make. Forest Stationers is across from the Courthouse in Quincy and the Hot Spot is in East Quincy, next to the Polka Dot.

PLANT-BASED SWEET TREATS

Eden Brooke Miller has opened a wholesale business in Portola called Gypsy Soul Sweets, an all plant-based, non-gmo, gluten free, organic dessert company. Initially, her great tasting, visually appealing healthy desserts will be sold at the Feather River Food Coop in Portola and Quincy Natural Foods Coop, as well as several local restaurants. For 20 years, Eden Brook, who was raised in Portola, has explored many different types of cuisine and the way different foods can be used to heal one’s body. At one time she was the head chef of an all plant-based restaurant where she said she learned about the benefits of a raw plant-based diet and began creating an assortment of incredible desserts. Eden Brooke eventually plans to open a retail shop on Commercial Street where she will sell her sweets along with a cup of coffee and who knows what else!

NEW OWNERS, CLOSED FOR MONTH Matt and Elizabeth Cruise purchased Anton’s

Grill in Blairsden from Chris and Bonnie David. This is a fairytale story since Matt and Elizabeth were high school sweethearts who went their separate ways and ultimately reunited. Sometime after the couple reunited, Matt, who was Chris’ accountant, offered to buy the restaurant, which Elizabeth worked at when her father owned it in the 1970s. (We’ll be running a feature story about this in the next few weeks).

Anyway, the new owners have closed the popular restaurant for renovations and will reopen the first of April under its original name Gumbas with a family-friendly atmosphere and menu. Chris and Bonnie will continue operating their other restaurant, the Iron Door. Chris also runs the local Dickson Realty office in Blairsden.

WIN FAMILY GOLF MEMBERSHIP The new owners of the Plumas Pines Golf

Resort in Blairsden — the Joyce, Thurston, Saroni and Bowling families — have donated a family golf membership for the 2017 season (a $750 value) to C. Roy Carmichael School’s fifth grade class as a fundraiser for its Outdoor Education program next year. Tickets are $20 each and are available from the course head golf pro, Brandon Bowling, at the pro shop; by calling him at 836-1420; emailing him at

[email protected]; or sending your request via regular mail to P.O. Box 1210, Graeagle, 96103. The drawing will be held Friday, Apr. 7.

HOW ABOUT WINNING A BEAR SWING

And the fifth graders at C. Roy Carmichael are also involved in another fundraiser for their educational Watershed program. They are selling $20 tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind beautiful bear swing (a $650 value) hand- carved and donated by William and Stephanie Williamson, the owners of Bear Butt Carvings. Tickets are available at Lena’s Cantina, Sharon’s Café, or the Portola Reporter. The winner will be drawn April 21