WARRENTON — Crystal Green brings new energy to her old place of employment, 10 years after she helped out there as a waitress.
She took over Arnie’s Cafe on Sept. 1. She worked for former owner Mary Garrett a decade ago.
“I told her, ‘If you ever decide to sell give me a call,’” she said. “Lo and behold, 10 years later she gave me a call.”
She bought the business and is in the process of buying the building.
Green decided to keep the name. It’s had many names over the years, including the Donut Hole and Carol’s. It’s been Arnie’s for at least 20 years, and she’s happy with it.
She’s made some minor changes to the menu such as adding homemade biscuits, clam chowder and home fries. All are getting good reviews, and she wants to stress homemade as much as possible.
“They had a really good base,” she said. “We just made little tweaks to improve on them.”
Green’s made some small cosmetic changes to the restaurant, including paint. She decorated the homey eatery with vintage decor including an old baker’s table by the cash register and a coffee grinder that came from the store her husband’s grandparents ran in Clatskanie decades ago.
Green and Garrett are financing the sale on an owner contract. Green, who works at nonprofit lender Craft3, said she considered applying for a Small Business Administration Certified Development Company/504 loan and sought the help of Pam Rush at Bank of the Pacific’s Warrenton Branch.
“Had it come down to needing financing, that’s the route I would have gone,” she said.
Arnie’s employs eight mostly full-time workers for breakfast and lunch at 1609 S. Main. Look on the restaurant’s Facebook page or call 503-861-0520 for more information.
Green hopes diners will give Arnie’s a try.
“My vision for Arnie’s ... is when people come in they feel like they’re walking into my house,” she said. “They know they’re going to be fed well and treated well.”