WARRENTON — An organically grown minimall with coffee, beer, pastries, Mexican food, a bike mechanic and auto glass repair is forming along Marlin Avenue in Warrenton.
Don Bacon, who owns Atlantis Auto Glass, has built out a central lounge for people to hang out in and nicknamed the businesses around it Building 1140 after the address. He has populated the building with Bike Envy; Bohdan’s cafe; and Guadalajara Combo, a food truck parked outside.
“It doesn’t seem like it goes together, but people just accept it, like, ‘Aw; that’s cool,’” he said.
One of Bacon’s first tenants was Ed Jones, a mechanic who four years ago began Bike Envy in a rear suite. Jones has worked in Astoria and Portland as a bicycle mechanic. Noticing people lining up bikes at his house in Astoria seeking repair, Jones decided four years ago to go into business for himself. His shop focuses first on repair, then bike sales, parts and accessories. It has relied primarily on online marketing, building a reputation among mountain bikers and gearheads, he said.
Several years ago, Bacon offered to build out a space for Paige Simpson if she would move her drive-thru coffee shop, The Coffee Addiction, indoors. Her father, Tracy Simpson, later took over, building out a growler fill station and tap house. He recently reopened the restaurant and tap house in the former Jeffers Garden Inn on U.S. Highway 101 Business, leaving Bacon with a vacant space to fill.
Bacon offered again to build out the space for a restaurateur — this time Jeremy Gilhousen, who recently opened Bohdan’s, named after his Czech grandfather. Gilhousen trends toward higher-end food and drink, serving up Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters from Cannon Beach, bagels from Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe and sausage in his sandwiches and charcuterie from Gulley’s Butcher Shop. After obtaining a liquor license from the city of Warrenton, Gilhousen plans to offer Fort George Brewery on tap, along with a selection of other beers, wines and ciders.
The end game for Bohdan’s is not a dinner spot or bar, but a place where people can come hang out in the afternoon or after work for a beer, a glass of wine and some light fare or Mexican food, Gilhousen said.
Bacon, whose mother is from Guadalajara, Mexico, knew the owners of Tacos La Providencia, a popular collection of food trucks in Tillamook County. He reached out to the family behind the company, who sent mother-daughter Susana and Gladys Deniz north with a truck they are naming Guadalajara Combo, offering a collection of tacos, burritos and other Mexican staples.
“We’re trying to bring the authentic flavor from there to here,” Susana Deniz said through her daughter, who acts as translator while her mother cooks.
The family was looking for a change, Susana Deniz said, and had a friend in Bacon and a support network around Building 1140 to help their food truck.
“I guess we’re just trying to provide the best option with everything that we do,” Bacon said of how he’s gathered the businesses around his auto glass shop.
Building 1140 will hold a grand opening with the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at noon on Oct. 16.