Owners renew lease for Clover Patch Cafe in Bayview

Neil Colburn and Candace Culver, the owner-operators of the Clover Patch Café, have signed a new 10-year lease for the 25-year-old restaurant.

Neil Colburn and Candace Culver, the owner-operators of the Clover Patch Café, have signed a new 10-year lease for the 25-year-old restaurant.

The venerable restaurant is located in Bayview Center on Highway 525, and the building is owned by Goosefoot. The center is also home to Casey’s Crafts and Casey’s Red Apple Market.

“We’re a dying breed of independently-owned casual dining places,” Colburn said.

“But Goosefoot’s Debbie Torget and Chris Hurley worked with us; they are going to be making building improvements and we appreciate their attitude and support.”

Colburn noted that the unpredictability of the economic downturn is tough on everyone in the restaurant business.

“It’s hard enough during normal times,” he said.

The café has 30 employees in the summer, 23 in winter.

“I think we’re positioned well in terms of location and the kind of affordable items we feature for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said. “Handmade good food is what we offer.”

Colburn worked with dietitians at the Island Athletic Club in Freeland on a menu featuring alternative low-fat and heart-healthy menu items, plus careful portion control.

“We wanted to expand the market,” he said. “We call it ‘Neil’s lighter side’ so folks can enjoy guilt-free dining. Or not.”

Colburn himself has lost

80 pounds over the past two years and said that if he can do it, anyone can.

More in Business

The Braeburn set to expand restaurant space in Langley

An expansion has been “long overdue” at The Braeburn, according to the… Continue reading

Whidbey Coffee gets new facility, director

One of Whidbey Island’s homegrown businesses is getting a double shot of… Continue reading

Island Herb in Freeland donates half of Nov. 28 sales for Giving Tuesday

Island Herb owner Lucas Jushinski is donating green of a different kind… Continue reading

Whidbey Tire Auto set to close its doors after decades of service

After serving South Whidbey since 1980, Whidbey Tire & Auto owner Dana… Continue reading

Langley flower shop was inspired by ‘farm, forest and the sea’

By LORINDA KAY Special for The Record When you walk into the… Continue reading

Langley jewelry store takes inspiration from the sea

Lifelong Pacific Northwest resident Alexa Allamano has always been fascinated by the… Continue reading

Freeland business owners scoop up Whidbey Island Ice Cream Co.

Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company has new owners. Steve and Jill Rosen,… Continue reading

South Whidbey pie maker carves out slice of success

Heidi Hammer is known for her pies. Initially a treat she baked… Continue reading

Clipper Vacations to return with holiday trips

Boatloads of holiday daytrippers onboard the Victoria Clipper will touch down at… Continue reading

County coughs over new Freeland pot biz sign

Whidbey Island Cannabis Co. relocated to Freeland last week and introduced itself… Continue reading

Shipyard’s record employee boom ends following busy year, stalled project

The record employee boom at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders appears to be… Continue reading

Whidbey Doughnuts fills hole left by Basil Cafe

After nearly 10 years in business, Bayview’s popular Basil Cafe has closed… Continue reading