Just before sundown on July 4, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at the Otis Cafe. For many Oregonians, a trip to the state’s picturesque coastline was not complete without a stop at the Otis Cafe for a cup of coffee or slice of fresh-baked black bread. Located a few miles inland from Lincoln City, the Otis Cafe and its beckoning neon sign became a landmark along the winding Highway 18, letting travelers know for decades that they were ever so close to waves, fresh salt air, and jagged coastline.
Owner Jeff England told local alt-weekly Willamette Week that while no injuries occurred, the damage appears to be a total loss and that the building will likely have to be demolished. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help the England family recover and hopefully rebuild the iconic café.