Recent Oregon Coast Developments: Restaurants, Horse Rides, The Fratellis
(Oregon Coast) - There are a handful of new eateries on the Oregon coast, a new vendor for horseback rides in Tillamook County beaches, a group in Yachats took in enormous amounts of donated food, SeaPort Airlines just made things a little easier – and a major alternative rock band has a little connection to these beaches.
New Restaurants on the Oregon Coast
Cannon Beach finally got a wine bar. Why that took so long in that locale is indeed puzzling. Fine food and even finer wines are the centerpiece at Lush Wine Bar, which touts itself as having the same kind of relaxed atmosphere as the beach itself. It’s in the midtown section, across from the big access that’s close to Haystack Rock. 1235 South Hemlock Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-8500.
Right nearby, sharing the space with the Sleepy Monk Coffee Company, is Irish Table Restaurant. When that coffee place goes to sleep, the Ireland-themed restaurant takes over for the evening hours. 1235 S. Hemlock. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-0708.
In Garibaldi, a new Mexican eatery opened up: El Capitan. It’s right on 101 in Garibaldi. 503-322-8400.
In Depoe Bay, this summer is now boasting All Great Things Cafe, with an emphasis on vegetarian and gourmet godies. It's next to the office at 488 S. Hwy. 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-765-2808.
Alternative Rock Band The Fratellis Connected to Oregon Coast?
Not directly connected – but you can draw a line that connects Scottish band The Fratellis to Astoria, Oregon.
But first there’s sad news: for those who didn’t know, The Fratellis broke up earlier this year. But the band that specialized in quirky burlesque-esque imagery, it turns out, did indeed get its name from the film, “The Goonies,” which was filmed in Astoria.
BeachConnection.net contacted Tony McGill, who worked on booking the band before its demise.
“Yes, they got the name from the Fratelli family in ‘The Goonies,’ “ McGill said. “You may have read various stories about them being brothers, using the surname of one member of the band etc, etc. But the truth is they’d never met each other before they placed ads in a shop window looking for band members, and they decided to take their name from the film and adopt it as their surnames (in a ‘Ramones’ styleee!).”
Singer Jon Fratelli did some dates in the U.S. this summer.
The Astoria Chamber of Commerce wasn’t able to confirm this connection when they researched it earlier, according to one official. So the town definitely did not have The Fratellis as part of their big anniversary celebration this summer.
Maybe next time. BeachConnection.net would vote for it. The Fratellis are regularly heard in this office.
New Stuff in Nehalem Bay, Manzanita
This summer has featured a new way to go horseback riding on both the Nehalem Spit and in Pacific City. Oregon Beach Rides will charge you about $55 for rides in either area, and they recently added Carriage Rides. You’ll find them at Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City and Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita. www.oregonbeachrides.com or call 971-237-6653.
In Manzanita, if you hadn’t already noticed, Ekahni Books is under new ownership this year. Among the changes, Franz Hasslacher and her husband added a website. 387 Laneda Avenue. Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-6881. www.ekahnibooks.com
Ticket and Baggage Changes at SeaPort Air
The group that flies you in and out of Newport and Astoria has a new arrangement for ticketing and baggage.
Rob McKinney, CEO of SeaPort Airlines, recently informed the cities of Newport and Astoria that SeaPort Airlines has signed an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with US Air. An interline ticketing agreement will allow passengers to purchase a ticket from any SeaPort station to any airport serviced by US Air. The baggage agreement will allow bags to be checked through from Newport or Astoria onto connecting flights with US Air without having to retrieve bags at PDX and recheck them.
Yachats Lodgings Bring in the Booty to Food Pantry
Last month, the Overleaf Lodge & Spa and Fireside Motel – owned by the Winkster family - collected 5,404 pounds of canned food for the Waldport Food Share Pantry during their a food drive in July. The management group said it felt the need to do something to help the hungry in south Lincoln County, and their enthusiasm led to the gathering of nearly three tons of non-perishable food.
“Our guests' generous response to the food drive has far exceeded our expectations,” said David Locke, general manager of Overleaf Lodge and the Fireside Motel. “Many of them went out of their way to contribute more food than required by our special. As a result, we will resume the lodging discount for canned food in the fall.”
Locke said the group has been doing business in Yachats for more than 25 years.
“With current economic conditions, we are seeing a real dip in donations,” said Joyce Thompson Graham, Agency Relations Coordinator at Food Share of Lincoln County. She said donations are down, but the need remains strong.
As part of the Oregon Food Bank network of pantries, all cash donations to the Waldport Food Share pantry help recipients purchase more food per dollar, stretching the donor’s gift a long way.
The Waldport pantry, which serves residents of Seal Rock, Waldport, Tidewater, and Yachats, provides food to between 400 and 500 people each month, distributing about 7,000 pounds of food.
The Overleaf Lodge & Spa is located at 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, Yachats, Oregon. 800-338-0507. www.overleaflodge.com. The Fireside Motel is at 1881 Highway 101 North, Yachats, Oregon. 800-336-3573. www.firesidemotel.com.
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