Rosemary Garcia and Diana Quezada had planned their own café several years before the Sisters Café opened its doors June 1.
Sisters occupies a ground floor corner of the St. George Plaza, corner of Main Street and Emigrant Avenue. It boasts high ceilings, large window views of downtown, and walls and seating festooned with warm colors and flowers.
Sisters brews Seattles Best Coffee, starting at $1.25 a cup, and crepes are the specialty food, available in sweet or savory varieties for $6.95.
The sisters, who hail from Los Angeles, started setting up the café about three months before they opened. Both have experience running businesses and working as baristas.
Garcia managed a dental clinic in California 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then worked at the Coffee Bean café from 6:30 to midnight just to gain experience working with coffee. Quezada, who recently graduated with a bachelors in marketing from Eastern Oregon University, has worked at Starbucks in Pendleton and L.A. She said her favorite thing to make is the white mocha, starting at $3.
Garcia said she moved to Pendleton with her husband, Jaime Ramirez, but could find no jobs in dentistry. Plan B was opening a café, something she and Quezada had discussed several years ago.
Scott McClendon and Dawn DiFuria said they were satisfied with their Sisters lunch experience Thursday.
Each paid about $12 for food and a beverage. McClendon, who sipped a caramel latte, said he was impressed with the fresh ingredients in his Greek salad. DiFuria, who ordered the Uptown Turkey sandwich and a vanilla frappe, said she enjoyed the atmosphere.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.
Mayor Phillip Houk will cut the ribbon at the grand opening 4 p.m. June 21. Free samples will be available.
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