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Business Scene for the week of 5/1/19

European café in Chester
Fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning a European style coffee house and café, Mark and Rachel Betzler opened Koninkrijk Koffihuis in downtown Chester. The unique name means royal coffee house in Dutch, Mark’s family heritage. The couple relocated from the Sacramento area about a year ago adding that they fell in love with Lake Almanor while vacationing. Mark is employed by the federal government and will continue working while Rachel, who left her career as an administrator for nonprofits, will run the café. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving a variety of European coffees, pastries, soups, pasta dishes and an assortment of meats and gourmet cheeses. Soon they will be adding fine wines and European beers. Photo by Patty Daily


Located at the picturesque Plumas Pines Golf Resort in Blairsden, Longboards Bar & Grill opens this Friday, May 3. Executive Chef Robert Nelson is excited to bring lunch back to the famed restaurant via its incredibly popular bar menu available from noon to 8:30 p.m. Selections include small bites, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and more. The restaurant is currently open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Beginning June 13 they will be open Thursday through Monday. The bar at Longboards will be open daily beginning May 17. The snack bar is open daily with an expanded menu for breakfast and lunch specials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when Longboards is closed.


Carol Franchetti begins her 48th season at Carol’s Cafe in Prattville with its opening Friday, May 3. She believes her success is the congenial family atmosphere her establishment on the west shore of Lake Almanor provides. Carol takes customer service to a level that is hard to rival. Keeping with the family tradition she continues her popular Sunday special fried chicken dinners.


Native Plumas County artist Auston Rivers Linford is this month’s featured artist at Crescent Country in Crescent Mills. A reception to meet and greet Auston is set for Sunday, May 5, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Crescent Mills gift store. Auston’s love for the outdoors is evident in his work as he blends natural woods and manzanita with repurposed boards and up-cycled materials to create beautiful and purposeful furniture and accents. Storeowner Lisa Forcino, who has refreshments and snacks ready for the reception, is excited to have many of his items on display through May.


Karin Tande welcomes nail technician and hair stylist Michelle King to her team at Body and Soul Salon in Quincy. Michelle has been working in the trade for the last four years in Sonora and decided to move to Quincy with her young family to be closer to relatives. She learned the art of her trade while attending the Paul Mitchell School. Michelle specializes in cuts and color for hair and manicures, acrylic and poly gel nails.


As we’ve said many times before, Karen Powell at the Main Street Sports Bar in Quincy continues to have something for everyone at this popular gathering spot. This Saturday, May 4, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Abandon Theory will provide the live music for your dancing and listening pleasure. The musicians offer their own unique blend of rock, reggae, folk and funk, creating a truly unique sound, entertaining crowds with an improvisational technique that suits a band with such a name. Just a reminder: On Mondays it’s trivia (7:30 p.m.); Taco Tuesdays (5-9 p.m.); Thursday is karaoke night (9 p.m.) and the burgers are back on Wednesdays!


Diners who enjoy Mexican food at its finest will certainly be pleased to know that Express Coffee Shop owners Lucio and Elvira are celebrating their heritage on Cinco de Mayo (which, of course is this Saturday, May 5). They are preparing a special authentic Mexican menu in addition to the items on their regular menu for this festive occasion. So, if you like authentic Mexican food prepared the traditional way, we highly recommend this!

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