In Portland’s Northeast neighborhood, Cadillac Café has been serving up breakfast to the community for over 25 years. Originally started by Rod and Terry, a gay couple with tight ties to the community, it’s now run by Josh Johnston and Independent Restaurant Concepts. Josh is part of a two-person, local team that’s proud of Cadillac Café’s history because of what it means to the community.
“We have five core values that we try to embrace in everything we do: work hard, be nice, be safe, be memorable, and embrace community,” Josh said. “It’s always been important for us to make sure we are giving back to the community who has embraced us for so long.”
Giving back through Bites for Rights
It was a natural connection when Cadillac Café signed up for Bites for Rights, happening on Thursday, June 20. It’s Basic Rights Oregon’s annual celebration of all the restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bakeries, eateries, and dispensaries that help to make life sweet for LGBTQ Oregonians through their support of equality.
When you visit a participating business like Cadillac Cafe , as well as the rest of the Independent Restaurant Concepts businesses including Circa 33, The Independent Sports Bar and Grill, North 45 Pub, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, Patton Maryland, Produce Row Cafe, and The Station Pizza Pub. on June 20 for Bites for Rights, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Basic Rights Oregon as we continue to fight for LGBTQ equality.
With such a wide range of restaurants that are part of their business, Josh believes that what sets them apart is that they personify unified values for customers and employees.
“We spent months working on distilling down the core values for us. Embracing community really jumped out to us because of what we believe in. We want to be part of the communities that support us and give back,” said Josh.
Partnering with the community
With community partnerships ranging from Make-A-Wish to Children’s Cancer Association, Josh and his business partner were looking to give back to the LGBTQ community in honor of Cadillac Café and what it has meant as a gathering place to so many people over the years.
At first, they began with Mimosa May, with a donation going to Basic Rights Oregon for every mimosa sold. Then, Bloody Mary March joined the mix, with Bites for Rights being the perfect next step.
Josh says everyone at the restaurant looks forward to June because of Bites for Rights being centered in the middle of Pride Month. “We inherited a great culture with the LGBTQ community and wanted to embrace it, empowering our staff with a way to feel great about coming into work, and engaging our customers at an establishment that welcomes everyone.”
Be sure to check out Cadillac Cafe on Thursday, June 20 as well as the rest of the Independent Restaurant Concepts businesses including Circa 33, The Independent Sports Bar and Grill, North 45 Pub, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, Patton Maryland, Produce Row Cafe, and The Station Pizza Pub.
Are you a business that wants to support Bites for Rights? Head on over to sign up here!