Community Update: Exciting Start to 2023!

Hi everyone! It has been a couple months since our last update so this is a big one! We are getting into a wonderful rhythm and will be making posts more regularly moving forward. If you haven’t joined our community by sending us your email via the form on our Community & Events page read on to discover why you won’t want to miss out on our Newsletters!

Let’s Dig into the Updates!

Adjusted Hours 

You may have noticed we adjusted our regular open hours earlier this week. Making this change is just one more step in streamlining in order to best serve you and continue to be able to do more than just serve amazing food. Breakfast has always been what we are known for, so we are opening a little earlier on the weekdays now, at 9AM seven days a week! Our Sunday night game nights have been a blast and we won’t be making any changes there, except that we will let you know we are working on a new trivia style game we plan to begin hosting on Sunday afternoons in the near future! 

The hours we removed were based on not having the sales to be able to sustain them; our afternoons, like most restaurants, were quite slow between 2pm-4pm on the weekdays, and Saturday evenings have been lonely rather than active in the cafe. We are now closing at 2PM Monday – Saturday, which will allow us to expedite our creation and offering of unique events, along with making the space available for existing community groups seeking a space to meet, and individual parties or family gatherings. 

We’re Officially Green!

As of last month, we are now a one star Certified Green Restaurant® and plenty more upgrades and changes are on the way – the more Green PointsTM we earn the more stars we gain! Reducing waste was one of our highest priorities in our reopening and we are excited to share with you that not only are we composting all food waste, diligently recycling all that is allowable, and have even been saving some items, like yogurt containers and produce plastic clam shells with the plan to find a useful or artistic future for them! We are carrying out a bag of trash to the dumpster less than once a week! 

Reusable Container & Loyalty Programs

You probably know by now we encourage everyone to use reusable containers, but we have made some practical updates to our program, as we have had many reusable takeout containers go out the door but not very many coming back. We want to take the opportunity to let you know about how we have tied our reusable container program to our now Loyalty Program. 

The Loyalty Program is directly tied via the Clover app to our online ordering, which is available all of our open hours. The app is free and available in the iOS and Android app stores. Simply download the Clover app, click on “Zest Garden Cafe” and “Check In” when you come in to see us. This allows us to attribute your purchase to your loyalty account where you receive 1 point for every dollar you spend. Online orders are automatically attributed to your loyalty account.

Points are currently redeemable as follows:

40 points – 12 oz French Press Coffee or Loose-leaf Tea on us!

75 points – Sweet Crepe on us!

150 points – Savory Crepe on us!

Redemption options may change at any time – and are always available to be viewed on the clover app under “Perks”! 

How does this tie to our reusable container program? When you pay the $2 fee for the takeout containers you get the 2 loyalty points, and we will exchange 2 more loyalty points for clean reusable food and beverage containers brought in to us: for returning the ones we provided or others you may have around! More details to come soon on types of containers we use (like mason jars, coffee tumblers, and 8×8 tupperware or glass containers) but we will be offering 2 loyalty points per container you bring into us!

New Offerings: Raw Organic Juice & Online preorders!

Two of our four house juice flavors. The image on the bottom left is reflective of actual produce used to make the Ginger Punch!

We began offering raw organic juices this week, and after being inspired by one person calling to place a larger preorder, we are excited to announce we added a preorder form to the website Menu page today where you can order one of our four house flavors, or build your own juice blend!

We designed the form to work both for individuals to build their own cleanse OR for other restaurants or bars to create their own unique blend to offer in-house or mix into cocktails! 

At the bottom of the form you will see you are also able to preorder our in-house Oat Milk, new Vegan Chocolate Milk, and more! 

House oat milk in 16 oz and 32 oz containers. Sugar Free, Low Sodium, Gluten Free. Bring your own container for a discount
Prices on image reflective of previous $1 container charge. Current prices on Order Form are reflective of our current $2 container charge and we now take $2 off if you bring your own!

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Curious about details on the events we are creating? 

Are you dying to know what the movies for our movie nights will be?

Would you enjoy first dibs on table reservations for movie nights?

How about VIP access to tickets to a Murder Mystery Dinner Party? 

Want more details on our upcoming Traveling Tastes or Dig Deeper events?

To find out what we will be adding in the near future and have the opportunity to participate in the creation process, join our community by filling out the form on our Community & Event page with your email

You can expect a monthly newsletter with behind the scenes details on future offerings, special invites to “test-runs” of event ideas, menu tastings, and more. PLUS we are going to offer our mailing list at least 24 hour private access to tickets and table reservations for events before the general public. Please keep in mind, we are a small venue and all of our events will only have 20-40 tickets available depending on the type of event, so we expect the more popular ones may sell out before the general public even hears about it!

We will be sending out our first monthly newsletter next week; you won’t want to miss it!

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Tentative Reopening December 18th!

We are excited to welcome you to the new Zest Garden Cafe!

We mentioned when we closed down back in October that we had come across a community of fairies that had moved into the back garden patio in the time it has been undergoing repairs. You may believe it is only a joke, but we were not surprised at all considering the magic we know flows through these walls. These nature spirits brought our attention to the simple truth that waste is a purely human creation and does not exist in nature. They knew of our Zero Waste goal and our aim to procure local, organic ingredients and pointed out how much better we could do. We spent the last month not only remodeling the space but clarifying our mission and core values and finding creative, engaging ways to implement them into our daily practices.

Here are some changes you can be expecting for sure…

  • We are radically implementing our existing “Zero Waste Goal” by making eliminating waste in every way imaginable one of our core values. Our first big steps are assessing our purchasing and making packaging a priority factor in our procurement, finding creative alternatives to food waste including composting, and we will no longer be purchasing disposable takeout containers of any kind! We are currently exploring reusable systems that prevent waste rather than creating more, but plan on bringing your reusable containers, or paying a deposit or fee. We are also playing with the idea of a program for locals for a monthly flat rate membership that comes with a discount on all purchases. Let us know what you think!
  • We believe community, and friendships, are built through common interests, and Building Community through Food is our mission! Our vision is to primarily use our cafe space to host new in-house clubs our team creates, other local small interest groups, and community-oriented events and be the go-to community hangout in Lincoln City. We plan to have an open calendar for any small groups in our community to reserve a space for 5-25 people at an affordable rate that will offset by any purchases made.
  • We will soon me announcing the new platform we will be using as an alternative to Facebook, as we will no longer maintain a presence on that platform. This new app will allow common interest groups to form naturally around topics we are passionate about and will not be filled with advertising or limit who sees which posts or events.
  • Our “Everybody Eats!” community day is being replaced by a new “Kindness Token” program created in partnership with Coastal Support Services, our compassionate next-door neighbors. This program will allow anyone to purchase meal tokens they can share with friends, coworkers, anyone in need, or add to the pool to be distributed by local non-profits.
  • We are seriously debating whether adding alcohol to our offerings in in alignment with our mission and are open-mindedly researching more healthy sipping, or social beverages (like Kava, Kratom, or CBD, fresh juices, smoothies, nutritional shots etc.).

    We are open to the community’s feedback around what offerings you would like to see!