Pamplin Media Group – Biscuits Cafe mixes Oregon City business with charitable support

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Elected chamber officials celebrate the grand reopening of the restaurant by raising money for a non-profit organization.

Elected officials and chamber officials in Oregon City celebrated the grand reopening of a restaurant last month by raising money for a nonprofit that celebrates community.

David Ligatich and his wife and business partner, Dana, are a couple that understands the community. Ligatechs rooted themselves firmly in the community by seeking out and supporting Oregon charities when they took over the Biscuits Café in Gresham. In October 2021, they purchased three more locations, including Sunnyside, Johnson Creek, and Oregon City.

“When we purchased our three locations last October,” Ligatich said, “we asked all the managers to go out and find a local charity that we can adopt because we really want to be in the community.” PMG PHOTO: ETHAN M. ROGERS — Oregon City Commission Chairman Denyse McGriff, now mayor-elect, celebrates the restaurant's reopening with Biscuits Cafe owner David Ligatich.  In the background, the founders of Club Emu.

Ligatich’s location manager in Oregon City at the time, currently on sabbatical, introduced him to the non-profit organization called Club Everyone, Me and U (Club Emu).

“He called me and said, ‘I have the right people, I have the right charity, we need to get these people here,'” Ligatich said.

Biscuits Café and Club Emu’s grand reopening and joint fundraiser on August 17 drew support from customers and community leaders. Oregon City Chamber of Commerce CEO Victoria Meinig was there to lend her support, as was Oregon City Commission Chair Denyse McGriff.

“We’re happy to support him,” Meinig said, speaking of Ligatich, “as a new member and someone looking forward to helping our community.”

“Oregon City is very pro-business,” McGriff said. “We want to make sure our retail businesses, especially our restaurants, get off to a good start.”

Ligatich cut a red ribbon held across the front door of the reopened Biscuits Café. A loud confetti bomb caused everyone to take cover, but smiles followed as confetti fell on celebrants. Lagatich presented a giant cardboard check for $1,000 to benefit Club Emu and its work.PMG PHOTO: ETHAN M. ROGERS - John and Michelle Davis, founders of Club Emu, accept a $1,000 donation from Biscuits Cafe owner David Ligatich.

Club Emu is the passion project of Estacada residents John and Michelle Davis, parents of autistic children who started the group to provide support to parents of children with developmental disabilities who are no longer cared for by the system. educative.

Michelle Davis said the nonprofit was established three years ago for neuro-diverse and developmentally disabled teens and adults.

“We started it initially because we both have two adult sons with autism at home,” Michelle Davis said. “Once they hit their teens, there’s really nothing there. It’s hard to find activities where they can build relationships and bond with others, and then into adulthood , it’s even worse, so we wanted to start something for that.”

Club Emu hosts events like bowling, craft nights, taco tuesdays, clubhouse night where they host a variety of activities like board games, chats, video games and then traveling activities like camping and the kayak. Club Emu organizes five or six events a month.

“Talking to John (Davis),” Ligatich said, “they live off 20 dollars of donations, like 10 dollars here, 20 dollars there, I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to throw you one. very good (fundraising). In fact, we’ve been planning this for the past six months, we walked into the room, we spread the word, we made a menu, it all started.”

The $1,000 donation from Biscuit Café will go a long way in making life easier for the Club Emu Board of Directors.

“When we started,” John Davis said, “we didn’t have the funds to do background checks and do that kind of stuff… events; most of the time it’s just me and Michelle. Now that we have some funds coming in, we’re growing, starting to hire new board members, starting to hire new volunteers – so it increases steadily the more people hear about what they were doing.”

“I’ll tell you,” Ligatich said, “because of the relationship that we’ve built with the community, during COVID, the community has rallied around us. I mean there’s been some times when we thought, ‘Oh my God, are we going to turn it off?’ and the community just rallied, I mean they were like, ‘We get stuff at Biscuits, we get lunch, we make breakfast, we do this’, so we understand the importance of what is the community .”

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Club everyone, me and you: clubemu.org

Biscuits Café open: Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: 19273 Molalla Ave., Suite H, Oregon City

Call: 503-744-0094

Online: cookiescafe.com


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