New cafe serving Donner Lake |

New cafe serving Donner Lake

Spending the day at Donner Lake just got easier.

Now hungry swimmers, boaters, bikers and runners can satisfy their cravings in a new cafe just off Donner Pass Road, the West End Marketplace.

Mike Alanza and business partner Sara Lander have given birth to a refreshingly simple dining experience on Donner Lake.

Alanza, an accomplished chef and owner of West End Catering, moved his business into the Old West End Cafe/Coffeeshop just past the public boat launch on Donner Lake several months ago.

The newly remodeled marketplace opened on July 4 and is serving light breakfast food and lunch Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The rotating menu offers an eclectic, creative and traditional menu with items ranging from the classic turkey club to duck tacos.

“We don’t need to be fancy, as long as it’s good. Basically we offer gourmet food at a low price that you can take with you or eat here,” said Alanza.

The Marketplace is equipped with indoor and outdoor seating in a serene setting. Simple touches add to the cafe’s ambiance, like vases on every table holding a single flower and a microwave for customer use.

The proximity of the kitchen, which serves as the hub for West End Catering, invites locals to become involved in the latest project Alanza and sous chef Lander are cooking up.

“We definitely want locals to have a say in what we put out. If they want to see something on the menu, we will try and make it happen,” Alanza added.

The Marketplace is also in the process of applying for a liquor license, and plans to offer happy hour food and drinks once they receive approval.

In the meantime, customers can sip on fresh coffee, take a homemade muffin to go or try out one of the Marketplace’s latest creations.

West End Catering and Marketing is located at 15620 Donner Pass Road can be reached at (530) 550-7770.

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