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Callahans sell Coffee And

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Ownership of a Truckee landmark changed hands Jan. 1, when Pat and Don Callahan finalized the sale of their downtown restaurant, Coffee And, to long-time Truckee resident Lorenzo Islas. The Callahans will continue to operate Bud’s Sporting Goods and Fountain.

“We want to keep [Bud’s],” Pat said. “Over the years we’ve looked around at where we’d like to move to and we’ve never found anywhere we like more than Truckee.”

Don and Pat Callahan met in 1969 when they worked together at Pejo’s, a restaurant formerly located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Coldstream Road. They purchased Coffee And in 1976 and hired Islas as their chef in 1985.

“There comes a time,” Pat said as she explained why she and her husband had sold their restaurant. “And we had always promised Lorenzo we would give him the first chance.”

The Callahans, who say they will miss seeing Coffee And’s familiar faces, plan to travel more, see their seven grandchildren more, and volunteer their time in service to the Truckee community, Pat said.

“Coffee And has been a home and a second family for us,” she said. “We’ve made so many special friends through the restaurant. Truckee still is a really close community and the restaurant provided us the chance to be involved with our community in so many ways.”

Thirty-six-year-old Lorenzo Islas moved from his hometown of Concepcion de Buenos Aires in Jalisco, Mexico, to Truckee in October 1980. He worked almost 15 years as the chef at Coffee And before he became the restaurant’s new owner Jan. 1.

“I never thought about owning the restaurant,” Islas said. “I was very happy before. But the opportunity arose and I felt I had to take it.”

Islas said the first opportunities afforded him in Truckee 20 years ago were presented by family friend Ramon Flores, owner of Truckee’s Los Altos Restaurant. Flores housed Islas during his first two years in Truckee and also helped him find work during that time.

“It makes me very happy that the Latinos who come here and work hard are succeeding,” Flores said. “We see our dreams are coming true.”

Islas, who has a reputation for hard work, plans no changes to the Coffee And menu or atmosphere, he said, other than allowing customers to now pay for their meals using credit cards. Even the entire staff of 13 employees has been retained.

Islas will work six days each week and spend the seventh with his three children and wife, Maria. His sister Teresa, who also has been employed at Coffee And for several years, will cover the Coffee And kitchen on her new boss’s days off.

“I’d like to say ‘many thanks’ to all who work here,” Islas said. “And I’m very grateful because God put me here where I met Pat and Don.”


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