Iconic Twede’s Cafe sold to local Twin Peaks fans; working on few menu, interior changes

Take one Doctor of Philosophy and one midwife and what do you get? The new owners of iconic Twede’s Cafe in North Bend – Max and Rachel Be.

I hear you asking, “How did that happen?”

Just a little twist of fate fueled by a geography change. And, hey, it seems to work for the mystique of iconic North Bend restaurant and a popular pit stop for Twin Peaks fans wanting to experience the The Double R Diner.

Rachel, who is a midwife, grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley. She and Max moved to North Bend in the summer of 2018 to be close to family as Max finished his PhD program. The plan was to stay for about a year before moving wherever Max’s academic career might take them.

A Plan B was formulated when the academic job market didn’t yield any immediate results. That plan also included staying in North Bend if possible. At the time Max and Rachel were watching Twin Peaks, which also became the inspiration for Rachel taking part-time job at Twede’s for some extra income.

She fell in love with the diner. Early on in her new job Rachel found out the owners were looking to sell. She and Max would joke about buying it… treating it as a ‘sort of fantasy.’

But things changed as Plan B became fully realized.

Max explained, “We also both have a lifelong love and association with diners. We are both big Twin Peaks fans and both of our work experience outside of our field was primarily in restaurants – about 14 years of experience for Rachel and six years for me. So we started to get more serious about buying the diner, and when we realized we could do it financially, we put all of our energy into making that happen.”

The sale closed on February 28th – right as the coronavirus crisis happened. Since the couple has not been able to have customer inside Twede’s, they’ve been workin on a few changes to the interior.

Some painting projects have been happening that Max says will freshen up the interior and pay homage to Twin Peaks, and he thinks fans will be especially excited about these cosmetic changes.

The couple is also trying to switch to more more sustainable products, like recyclable and compostable to-go containers, as well as biodegradable and compostable cutlery.

Some menu adjustments are also in the works to offer a few more plant-based and vegan options.

Max said, “We currently offer a vegan black bean burger patty, but we want to add a plant-based burger patty in the style of the Impossible burger. We also have developed a vegan cherry pie recipe with our head baker. We are experimenting with a few other exciting new options that will debut on our new menu that will role out in June.”

Rachel also started an online merchandise store that sells all of Twede’s Twin Peaks-related merchandise. In just a month they’ve fulfilled over 100 orders. They also added an online ordering system for to-go customers.

Twede’s has weathered the COVID crisis fairly well. They’ve stayed open for takeout throughout the pandemic, providing the community with some needed comfort food. They’ve were to keep core staff on the payroll with help from the CARES act, which has enabled Max and Rachel pay all employees 90% of their usual salaries, regardless of their hours worked.

For more info or to place an online order, visit www.twedescafe.com or the Twede’s Facebook page.

Good Luck Max and Rachel!

Twede’s Cafe North Bend, WA
One of the interior projects happening at Twede’s during the COVID crisis.

Comments

  1. Nick montecalvo says

    Hi, I just wanted to know if the new owners will keep the open mics that we’re done on Tuesday nights? I hope you will as doing open mics is getting hard to find. It’s important to support local artists and musicians. Thank you .
    Nick

  2. Looking forward to dining there once again. I know this is a huge step for as I own a business myself. Not Food related. LOL

  3. Dr. Tonka says

    They better have great coffee and a damn fine cherry pie.

  4. Andrea Weber says

    Thank you for adding vegan options!!

  5. So excited to hear about vegan options! Can’t wait to try some vegan cherry pie! Hopefully with some plant based ice cream, too? Bravo on bring more sustainable practices into the restaurant. Way more excited to support this business when visiting the falls.

  6. Plant Based options??? Yes Please! I can’t wait to try them out.

  7. Steven Williams says

    On behalf of the United States, I personally want to apologize to the entire staff of Twin Peaks for the mandatory use of a face mark’s.
    The widespread propaganda of a simple Flu virus has put all of the citizens world wide in a state of fear! For the the health of our constitution, I ask you to fight back.

    • Twin peaks is not a real town. It’s fictional. You know, like the nonsense you are spewing, Steve

      • Right on the head of the nail Cooper I’m just reading this and Im way of point but the ignorance of well over a quarter of the American public is very alarming..

    • Alexander says

      SARS-CoV-19 isn’t even a flu virus, it’s a coronavirus. They’re fundamentally different things. Face masks do more good than harm – take the many Asian countries who had already been using masks to protect from viruses (and smog) before the pandemic! Face masks won’t kill you. Also, I know people who have gotten the virus. It isn’t fun, and that’s why literally 5,000,000 people have already contracted it and over 330,000 have died from it! The coronavirus isn’t a joke, nor some liberal propaganda!

  8. Andrea Weber says

    Steve seems confused about Twin Peaks… And science.

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