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Damian Mulinix/ Lauri Bean, left, and Debra Morley are the new owners of Don's Portside Cafe, a landmark near the Port of Ilwaco boatyard that has served generations of fishermen.

ILWACO — The new owners of Don’s Portside Cafe took over Jan. 1, keeping the cooks, the all-day breakfast menu and the restaurant’s signature bright yellow color.

Debra Morley and Lauri Bean each bring 30 years of restaurant experience to their new venture. They provide table service and run the front of the restaurant.

Morley said they’re keeping the pizza for the time being, but they’re no longer delivering. It just wasn’t economically feasible, she said.

“We’re trying to do this without spending a lot of money, and employee hours are what kills you,” she added.

The cafe , located at 303 First Ave. S., Ilwaco, (Phone: 642-3477), is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., but they will open at 5:30 a.m. when fishing season starts in April or May to catch the angler crowd. Morley said they’re considering later hours as well once business picks up in the spring.

Morley and Bean have rearranged and started to redecorate inside the restaurant, but the glowing yellow paint outside is here to stay, at least for now.

“I have debated about the color myself,” Morley said. “My daughter worked here last year and advised against it because everybody uses it as a landmark down here. You can’t miss it.”

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