Let's do everything we can to help keep Evangeline's open

By: LindaLou Haines
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Well, darn! As you know, I usually start off this column on a high note with only positive news to follow. However, this week I need to talk about a situation that is not positive because you may be able to make a difference, if you act quickly. Evangeline Elston, owner of EVANGELINE’S CAFE at 5 Depot St., has decided to close her café after the Colin Gilmore concert, this Saturday night, Oct. 8. Why? Money. “It's the economy ... I'm out of capital. It’s a great business, breaks even plus a little but without capital it won't grow,” she told me. She also said that it doesn’t help that her “health has not been the best this year.” She added, “I want everyone to know how much I love the cafe, love the artists who play, love all of you!” What can you do? Since Colfax needs every business that is already here to stay open and flourish, we need Evangeline’s. And, her café is a worthy downtown eatery that serves quality food, showcases really good live music and wraps it all in a fun atmosphere. Give her a call with your ideas today, 346-8833. Now, we move on to good news. A business anniversary: Weimar resident Suzanne Grace Rolle of GRACE YOGA is celebrating a fourth anniversary of locally teaching gentle and therapeutic yoga, Pilates and dance. Suzanne describes herself as a “teacher, dancer, performer and creative weaver,” and she brings all that experience and grace to her classes. Suzanne teaches her classes at the Eden Valley Club, Weimar and in Auburn. Contact her at 637-5088 or It’s time to eat again! An update on DOTTIE’S CAFÉ, 38 N. Main St.. 346-2828: They have their wine/beer license now. Plus, helping co-owner Todd Hepler in the kitchen is Chef Damien Cottrell from Whittier. He was the senior chef at Knott’s Berry Farm for 15 years and just moved to Colfax. Due to their stellar pastry chef Jen moving from the area, co-owner Shannon Mackey announces that their new star in the dessert department is another new Colfax resident, Diana Knapp. Also, Shannon says they’ve added some new items to the menu that are worth checking out. Dottie’s hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 to 2 and 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday open for brunch only, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sunday evening and Mondays. EMILY’S NOSH in Alta on Bonnynook Road at the train tracks, 389-2260, also has their wine/beer license now. They serve breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. Friday night dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m. Owner Julie Kincheloe says to check their website for dinner menus and other information. Recently, Bruce Nissen, co-founder and Head Cider Maker at FOX BARREL CIDERS invited me to stop in the Fox Barrel Tasting Room at 1213 S. Auburn St., Suite A., 346-9699. I stopped in for a wonderful morning of tasting apple ciders under their “Crispin Cider” label and pear and other fruit ciders under the Fox Barrel label. What fun! My favorites? The pear ciders, especially the Pacific Pear and the Blackberry Pear. Tessa Willis-Nesler was my charming and knowledgeable Tasting Room hostess. The company uses only 100 percent pure West Coast fruits and no additives to naturally ferment their fruits. Bruce and his staff are proud of their awards at the California State Fair again this year and also at other cider competitions across the country. We have a world-class cidery right here in Colfax. Both labels are available at Sierra Market and across the country. Also, Bruce says they produce and sell 35,000 cases of cider per month right here in Colfax, and he employs 30 people. He added, “We are a proud group: Proud of our products and our Colfax roots. “ I love to hear from you: