New owners turn up the volume at Sunshine Cafe

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Loud, local and loving it.

“We wanted to do something different…and we wanted to keep it fun,” says Kyla Washburn, inside the newly redesigned Sunshine Café at 145 W. Washington St.

“We always wanted to do breakfast. It seemed like the natural next step.

Kyla and her husband Josh Washburn, the new co-owners of downtown Sequim restaurant, have their hands full with two other businesses – Adagio Bean and Leaf and HMP Construction – but are struggling to offer a revamped menu and atmosphere to serve breakfast, brunch and drinks five days a week.

In fact, the couple have a number of employees from Adagio, a stop for many coffee lovers on the east end of Sequim (981 E. Washington St.), to supplement the staff at Sunshine Café.

Enjoy “loaded” jams with cups at the newly reopened Sunshine Café. Photo courtesy of Kyla Washburn/Sunshine Café

“We have a great team,” says Kyla. “[And] we still have time for our families.

Regulars at the café which for nearly two decades has been overseen by Alan and Dianne Drake and more recently Tristen Beck and Lucas Shifflett have seen a new interior, a waiting room, modified seating and a new menu featuring some of the Washburns from the restaurant. reopened March 23.

Many of the breakfast and brunch items are inspired by the couple’s travels, Kyla Washburn says — including the Loaded Potatoes “Ode to Oklahoma” cups she says she picked up on one of their long annual trips, the one which led them, unsurprisingly, to Oklahoma.

Is it mac and cheese?  Try Sunshine Café's pulled pork over mac and cheese bites, with a fried egg and gravy on top.  Photo courtesy of Kyla Washburn/Sunshine Café

Is it mac and cheese? Try Sunshine Café’s pulled pork over mac and cheese bites, with a fried egg and gravy on top. Photo courtesy of Kyla Washburn/Sunshine Café

“Everything else is stuff we love,” she says. “[And] we make everything fresh.

Among Kyla’s favorites are the Mac-N-Cheese Please – a plate of mac and cheese bites topped with pulled pork, a fried egg and chipotle Hollandaise – the Northwest Benny and the Loaded Tumblers.

Other menu highlights include a breakfast poutine, Cinnamon Roll Me Outta Here, the fancifully named Mountain of Yum (balls of donut stacked and topped with candied bacon, a drizzle of butter and maple syrup). spiced maple), Southern Joe (grilled cakes topped with Pork Verde, a poached egg, chipotle Hollandaise sauce and tortilla strips) and various other culinary delights, from southern fried chicken to sirloin steak to tacos with pork verde and more.

Try a Southern Joe — toasted cakes (homemade toasted cornbread) topped with verde pork, poached egg, chipotle Hollandaise sauce and fried tortilla strips — at the recently reopened Sunshine Café.  Photo courtesy of Kyla Washburn/Sunshine Café

Try a Southern Joe — toasted cakes (homemade toasted cornbread) topped with verde pork, poached egg, chipotle Hollandaise sauce and fried tortilla strips — at the recently reopened Sunshine Café. Photo courtesy of Kyla Washburn/Sunshine Café

The menu also offers a “Kids Corner” for younger palates.

Discover the Sunshine Café menu online at facebook.com/SunshineeCafe.

“He [Josh] is really the one who puts it all together; he’s the brains behind the food,” she says.

Customers can also get coffee or espresso from – you guessed it – Adagio Bean and Leaf, a business the Washburns bought in 2019, and possibly spirits, when the company’s liquor license is issued.

Kyla says the Washburns stopped by and spoke with Beck and Shifflett, then owners of the Sunshine Café, to see if they would be open for sale and the café soon got new owners.

Over the past few weeks, the Washburns have been hard at work renovating both the dining room and some major changes to the kitchen, adding prep stations and new flooring, and making some changes to the kitchen. branding, including a new logo.

Co-owner Josh Washburn prepared the food in the Sunshine Café kitchen last week.  Photo from Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell

Co-owner Josh Washburn prepared the food in the Sunshine Café kitchen last week. Photo from Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell

Café customers can also order take-out meals and drinks, which Kyla says they also plan to add at Adagio.

Along with the changes, coffee lovers can expect to see many owners themselves; with Josh in the kitchen overseeing meals and Kyla working at the tables alongside the staff, something she says was important to the couple.

“[We have a] really strong, cohesive and loving team. Not only here [on the floor] but there [in the kitchen]“, says Kyla. “Everyone really cares about each other.

“It’s a natural extension of what we normally do.”

The Washburns say they get a lot of help from the four adult children they raised on the peninsula.

Josh and Kyla Washburn, the new owners of Sunshine Café, said they are thrilled to bring good food and fun to the downtown Sequim restaurant.  Photo from Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell

Josh and Kyla Washburn, the new owners of Sunshine Café, said they are thrilled to bring good food and fun to the downtown Sequim restaurant. Photo from Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell

In the two-plus weeks it has been reopened, the cafe has been filled, she says.

“People want out now; they crave something new,” she says.

It’s something everyone, even other restaurants, can accept, says Kyla.

“Community is really important to us,” Kyla says.

“If we succeed, why can’t everyone succeed? ” she says. “And it comes back to you.”

coffee of the sun

Portion: Breakfast, brunch

New owners: Josh and Kyla Washburn

Or: 145 W. Washington St.

Hours: 7am-2pm, Wednesday-Sunday

On the Web: facebook.com/SunshineeCafé

The cook xxx xxxxxxx prepares the breakfasts at the Sunshine Café last week.  Photo from Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell
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