Kyle Twede wants you to take a seat — or preferably all 12 seats — from his North Bend restaurant. Bidding on the barstools...
Kyle Twede wants you to take a seat — or preferably all 12 seats — from his North Bend restaurant. Bidding on the barstools opens Saturday on eBay.
For folks impressed with such things, these aren’t just ordinary stools. Some once held up the cast of wacky characters from the 1990 “Twin Peaks” television series.
Indeed, the line “a damn fine cup of coffee and cherry pie” uttered by Kyle MacLachlan — playing agent Dale Cooper — from one of these seats still brings fans from around the world to visit Twede’s Cafe.
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And because of that line, Twede still sells hundreds of cherry pies.
“I teach everybody in the kitchen how to make the Twin Peaks cherry pie,” Twede said. “One of my first customers when I took over the restaurant was a woman from Germany who paid $3,000 to fly to Seattle, rent a car and come to North Bend to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie.”
The restaurant was named the Mar-T Cafe and owned by Pat Cokewell when Hollywood’s David Lynch decided to use the site in his quirky TV show. Within weeks after the show first aired, with the cafe playing the role of the “Double R Diner,” tourists started arriving in North Bend to sit on a cafe barstool, drink coffee and eat cherry pie.
Twede liked more than just the cherry pie. He grew up on the Eastside and had been a regular at the cafe for years. He often teased Cokewell that he wanted to buy it.
He teased her once too often. She finally sold it to him about six years ago.
An arson temporarily closed the restaurant in 2000. That’s when Twede removed the barstools and rebuilt the interior. But he couldn’t part with the historic seats.
“I took them home and put them in storage,” he said. “Those seats have too many memories, too many impressions.”
Dan Morgan of Mercer Island visited Julie and Grant Davidson in Woodinville Friday. The longtime friends were chatting about politics. Julie, a staunch Democrat, proudly said that at that moment Washington was the first state in U.S. history to simultaneously have a woman governor and two women as U.S. senators.
Without a pause, Morgan popped back: “Well, California, too!” Then he added: “Two women as senators and a girlie-man as governor!”
Former Eastsider Peg Kehret, an award-winning juvenile fiction writer, sometimes uses natural disasters in her books. Some are historical — such as “The Blizzard Disaster” based on children caught in a 1940 blizzard. Others are imaginary such as “Nightmare Mountain” where the main character must deal with an avalanche.
While editors had no objections to those words, one editor had encouraged Kehret to remove the word “tsunami” from the title of a 2003 book set on the Oregon Coast. The story of two children surviving a tsunami became “Escaping the Giant Wave.”
Recently Kehret had an e-mail from the same editor.
“She reminded me how she asked me not to use tsunami in the title because she didn’t think anyone would know how to pronounce it,” Kehret said. “Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.”
One last grin
The bumper sticker on the back of the SUV discouraged impatient tailgaters. It read:
Avoid the Rush
Pass Me Now.
Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org