NESPELEM – The entrepreneurial adventure for Colville Tribal member Brenda Condon and Joaquin Bustamante has been years in the making, and as they’ve developed their small business the two have planned, practiced and waited for the right opportunity.
The opportunity recently arose and the duo jumped at it.
Condon and Bustamante opened C&B Eats at the Lucy F. Covington Government Cener with a soft-opening, July 26, and the two will hold a grand opening of the new café following the busy Omak World Famous Stampede and Suicide Race in August.
“This has been a goal for a longtime,” said Bustamante. “We’ve always wanted to be our own bosses. Cooking and baking has always been a passion and we are excited to be able to offer both services to the employees and the community. Our ideal day would be to see employees enjoying a good meal, a good drink or great dessert for a decent price.”
To date, C&B Eats has featured breakfast burritos, pastries and additional breakfast specials like French toast casserole alongside drinks – the biggest seller being specialty energy drinks, said Bustamante.
When fully operational, C&B Eats will feature Mexican, Italian, French, Chinese and BBQ meals.
Menu items will include bagels, burritos and breakfast sandwiches, pastries, salads, soups (Bustamante highlights the Ivar’s Clam Chowder), sandwiches, paninis, and specials like teriyaki chicken, BBQ ribs, green chili enchiladas, pot stickers.
Drinks will include specialty coffee drinks, specialty energy drinks and lemonades as well as shakes and smoothies.
Additionally, the café will provide take-home dinners for preorder.
For several years, Condon and Bustamante have catered events around the area, the largest of which they served 550 guests at the 2021 Washington High School Rodeo Association Finals Dinner, and the two continue their catering service.
The two also run a food trailer, and one day over last summer while they were working at the Nespelem Agency, two NNDF board members approached the two about additional funding sources available to grow their business.
Initially funding was available for their food trailer, but when the café opportunity arose, C&B Eats worked with NNDF on funding that allowed the two to expand their items offered.
“We need to give thanks to NNDF for believing in us,” said Condon. “They supported our dream throughout the years of our growth and we appreciate their assistance in helping us with our goals as entrepreneurs.”
Along with receiving small business grants and loans, the two completed NNDF’s training for tribal entrepreneurs.
Breakfast starts at 6:30 and lunch starts at 10:30, Monday through Thursday.