Healthy fast food in Kamas
October 7, 2008
People in Kamas shouldn’t have to settle for junk food if they need to eat lunch in a hurry, believes Nanette Bush, co-owner with husband of the new Cutting Board restaurant on Main Street.
Bush was the fifth owner of the eatery known as Provisions, a popular place for food and coffee in Kamas. But like the old paradox of George Washington’s axe which has three times had its handle replaced and twice had its head replaced, Bush began thinking that it was time to use a new name for her business.
The Cutting Board is styled to be more of a café than the previous versions of Provisions. They sell sandwiches made with fresh ingredients and serve specialty drinks and bakery goods.
The owner directly preceding Bush had offered to-go sandwiches that could be purchased by workers and travelers needing a quick lunch. Bush had the idea of continuing that tradition but expanding it.
"We’ve turned it into a more healthy, quality but still fast lunch," she said. "We’ve improved and expanded the breakfast menu and still do gourmet specialty coffees."
Bush said people come in asking if they still have previous menu items that they loved, like the Mediterranean wrap. Bush said she’s been careful to preserve what people liked about previous menus while adding what she thinks will become new favorites.
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The Cutting Board is a new passion for Bush and her husband. Both have day jobs running real estate and mortgage businesses. They live in Kamas, and thought it would be great to get into the restaurant business there.
"It’s a growing community, a growing place to be," she said. "We wanted to diversify and we both have backgrounds in food service."
Bush said she loves how the Kamas community supports locally run and home-grown enterprises. She said feedback from the community about the new image and menu changes has been good and that the café receives great local support.
"I think we can fill a lot of the need for the community, even as it grows," she said.
Lisa Olson, an employee, said The Cutting Board is a fun place to work.
"I actually love it, being involved in the community and meeting the locals," she said. "We enjoy what we’re doing and take pride in our work. That makes for good food and a good working environment."
Trent Handsaker works in the construction industry and used to eat at Provisions. He said he’s been stopping by The Cutting Board "a fair amount" since the changes and enjoys it.
"It’s a nice place to come in, grab a cup of coffee and a quick little bite. I do construction, so I meet with people here, go over stuff. Nice little place to sit down, go over work," he said.
The Cutting Board
54 North Main