Model Ireland Baldwin and musician RAC will open a cafe and wine bar on the Oregon coast

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Compared to his neighbor loved by tourists to the south, Gearhart, Oregon – population 1,836 – is a quiet stop along the Oregon coast. He doesn’t have the film history of Astoria or the destination for cheese lovers in Tillamook; it’s a place that values ​​its quiet nooks and hidden respites, with beach grass creeping over the sand dunes and driftwood scattered along the aptly named Little Beach.

Seeking to get away from the routine of Los Angeles, Ireland Baldwin – daughter of Alec and actress Kim Basinger – moved from Los Angeles to Gearhart at the height of the pandemic. In an almost ironic twist, the Hollywood move found the model in what could easily be the plot of a Nancy Meyers movie. Baldwin became a regular at the local watering hole, Sweet Shop, where she befriended owner Traci Williams. When Williams expressed her intention to retire, she urged Baldwin to take over the historic property, which has been a significant city landmark since at least 1926.

The building will soon enter its final era: Baldwin and his partner André Allen Anjos, the Grammy-winning musician also known as BECAUSEopen Good time, a new café and bar with an attached shop, next year. The Portland-based pair describe it as their backing’s first project lifestyle brand of the same name. Good Times will sell things like wine, pantry items, pet supplies, and skincare products from small businesses that are largely owned by women and/or black people. “Most of the brands we work with are my friends,” says Baldwin. “So it’s a common thing with the shop and the cafe, because we’re all kind of a family working on this together.”

A Doug Niblack dish.
Good time

To orchestrate the eponymous good times, Anjos and Baldwin brought together a group of natural wine, coffee and food professionals to shape the cafe’s menu. The couple are new to the restaurant industry, but they say their past creative and business endeavors have equipped them for this new pursuit: If Good Times were a real band, Anjos, with his structural and organizational personality, keeps a rhythm. regular as a drummer. , while Baldwin slipped into a singer-songwriter role, floating creative ideas on a grand scale.

See See Coffee co-owner Teddy Albertson will oversee the cafe and during the day the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch items like pastries, salads and light seafood dishes. At night, the café will take on more of a European wine bar vibe, as small plates and glasses of natural wine will land on the tables – bottles from the same dispenser as the Portland ones. Ardor Natural Wines. The couple found inspiration on a recent trip to Sardinia and want to pass on Mediterranean cuisine’s respect for its ingredients.

“When I think of the ideas we have for this restaurant, it’s the simplicity of [Sardinia’s] dishes and how their seafood really speaks for itself,” says Baldwin. “It’s not glorified by tons of sauces and this and that.”

Oregon Coast Chief and Local Doug Niblack is the orchestra conductor of the kitchen, creating dishes like stuffed vegetable risotto and childhood comfort foods like tomato soup with grilled cheese and a cast-iron baked biscuit. “He’s so knowledgeable in plants and dyes and harvesting, and he hunts his own meat,” Baldwin says. Seasonality will be a key principle of Good Times; its predominantly gluten-free menu should change often, depending on what Niblack is able to seek, hunt or catch.

Unsurprisingly, Anjos will be the auditory experience curator for Good Times: he already has a Spotify playlist, lasting around 65 hours, which will give the café a cozy and pop-y soundtrack. “I choose songs that set a very specific tone,” says Anjos. “It’s about improving that comfort.”

Good Times is part of a wave of businesses being refreshed in Gearhart – says Baldwin Pacific Way Cafe and Market Square, the town’s convenience store and a local bed and breakfast have all changed hands. “We try to make it as cute as possible,” Baldwin says. “The whole coastal grandma thing is happening.”

Good Times opens in 2023 at 567 Pacific Way in Gearhart.

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