Real ‘Twin Peaks’ dinner saved with $ 100,000 PPP loan amid pandemic – The Hollywood Reporter
The owners of Washington State’s famous Twede’s Café, which served as the venue for David Lynch’s fictional Double R Diner Twin peaks, were facing financial difficulties during the COVID-19 closures, but the restaurant was saved in part thanks to a large PPP loan.
North Bend local Rachel Bennet and her husband Max Spears had finalized their purchase of the restaurant, known on the show for its cherry pie, from its former owner in late February. – and just two weeks before the governor orders the closure of a state-mandated restaurant. While the establishment was still able to fill the orders, Bennet said Grub Street that coffee sales “only paid for the food we bought and nothing else” before getting the loan.
“When it was just take out, we weren’t making any money at all,” Bennet said. “We would have lost a lot of money because we kept our staff, but we got one of the PPP loans. The one we asked for was over $ 100,000. “
This money, according to Bennet, allowed the restaurant to keep its doors open and keep its staff paid. “It was huge for us, in that we didn’t have to think about our sales for two months, which was mostly when we were just take out. This allowed us to pay everyone as if we were open at regular hours.
Bennet, who grew up in the city before moving when she was 18, said she had never really been a Twin peaks fan before owning the restaurant, just like its former owner. But after returning to her hometown in 2018 and trying again to take part in the show with her husband, she first hired the former owner to find a job at Twede and then to buy all the coffee.
“Over time, neither my husband nor I could find good employment opportunities that would allow us to live where we wanted to be,” Bennet said. Grub Street. “That’s when the conversation got more serious, and although I hadn’t been working on it for a long time, the owner was really excited. It snowballed from there, and we got a loan from the Small Business Administration to buy the business. “
When fans can finally return to the restaurant, they will be greeted with several renovations aimed at paying homage to the famous show. Updates include hand-painted wallpaper as a tribute to the wallpaper featured in the show, as well as a memorabilia museum featuring photos from the show that has been converted to “more than one Twin peaks experience, ”according to the owner of the Twede.
“So my idea was to do it more like the Black Lodge. We repainted it with this dark red color, we have black trim, we replaced the ceiling tile with this cool black tile. There is a cupboard that I am transforming into our sales room. I have red velvet curtains that I am going to put up. And I just hung the photos in a more intentional way, so they have a zigzag pattern, ”Bennet explained. “David Lynch is so into symbolism, so we also try to fit that into the way we present all things.”