By Laura Swanson
“Why mess with a good thing?” That’s exactly the philosophy of David and Jennifer Cleary, the new owners of the Big Wave Café in Manzanita. The local community is anticipating the popular North Coast restaurant reopening on Sunday, March 21st. The same great menu and specials will continue to feature the best ingredients, locally sourced, and served in ways that showcase the flavors of the foods. And, Carol Williams’ desserts (she’s sharing her recipes with the new owners) will continue to be featured.
The Clearys moved to the Oregon coast about 15 years ago. They took over the Local Grill & Scoop in Cannon Beach at that time. “We have already learned a great deal from Brian, Carol and Sam and we plan to continue what they started and hopefully we will do it justice,” said David. “We’re excited to be in Manzanita, we love this town,” enthused Jennifer. “The people we have met so far have been super friendly.”
The Clearys’ plan to provide their customers with the same attention to ingredients, preparation and atmosphere cultivated by the Williams family. As Chef Brian Williams said, “The food at the Big Wave Café is fresh, simple and prepared with respect. For me, food is about family, feelings and emotions, and so is the Big Wave Café … it is not just a restaurant. The Big Wave isn’t a place to get away – it’s a place to get together.” Added David, “That’s exactly how we feel about this, too, and we are excited to continue to provide great food and enjoyable experiences.”
The Big Wave Café Mission will continue: Food at the Oregon Coast is not only a necessity, but also a culture. For this reason, our food is not prepared in advance but instead in the moment that you order. We strive to use only fresh ingredients, and therefore it may take longer for us to serve your meal.
Looking for a delicious meal at a local restaurant that has options for everyone is easy at Big Wave Café with many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Opening Sunday March 21, 2021, join them for lunch or dinner 11 am to 8 pm, Friday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays) at the entrance to Manzanita, just off Highway 101 at 822 Laneda Avenue. See their complete menu at www.oregonsbigwavecafe.com.