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By Max Erikson

Thrifty Cafe food matched its name.


September 6, 2017

Max Erikson

THRIFTY BUSINESS: Gary and Silvia Patel have set up shop in what was Coyote Coffee on Main Street. The couple have a menu that includes something for everyone's taste.

Thrifty Café and Store opened Aug. 14 at 120 W Main Street in Goldendale-the former Coyote Coffee-and as the name suggests, it is a place to find good food at low prices with a variety of menu items to choose from.

Gary and Silvia Patel opened the store with the goal of creating a local deli with affordable prices on food, to develop new working skills and to have a daily sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Gary is a retired pharmacologist and was ready to get back to doing something to keep him and his family busy and says it is a good experience for his son to learn how a business works.

"We wanted to do something that gave us a sense of satisfaction," Gary says. "It's a lot of hard work but our goal is to have good food at great prices-our full name is 'Thrifty Café and Store: being thrifty is a good thing.'"

It is a slogan that perfectly represents the menu prices that range from 25-cent bottled water to a $5.99 entrée of Teriyaki Chicken with rice.

The variety of choices on the menu has something for all palates including sandwiches and hamburgers for $3, Japanese and Indian flavored curry dishes, noodle dishes and hand-made sushi rolls made by Silvia Patel for $1.25.

"I've always had fun with making food," Silvia says. "And we make our food healthy by not using too much oil."

Breakfast items are also on the menu with $2 breakfast sandwiches, muffins, bagels and coffee at $1.25 a cup.

Thrifty Café will have daily lunch specials to choose from and will have other small snack items such as cookies and chips.

Gary says keeping their prices low is important to them because they want to give Goldendale residences place to come that won't cost them too much for a meal.

"We welcome everyone and we have named it Thrifty Café for a reason," Gary states. "Prices are reasonable and affordable and we want people to have a comfortable place to eat."

Restaurant hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Mondays and Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. They're closed Wednesdays.


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