Burnells open the Phoenix Cafe and Gallery at Molson

The Burnells - Noah, Heather, Ellamae, Elija and Jasper. The couple recently opened the Phoenix Café and Gallery in the old Inn at Molson location. Submitted photo.

MOLSON – Noah and Heather Burnell have recently taken over the Inn at Molson and transformed it into the Phoenix Cafe and Gallery.

As many people know, the Inn at Molson is a spectacular piece of architecture with massive beams and a stunning fireplace, say the Burnells, who add that the walls are now hung with works by local artists such as Rusty Hayden and John Phillips.

“It’s a great place to get together with friends, sit by the fire, and enjoy a good cup of coffee,” they say.

The Burnells have lived in the Oroville area for the past 16 years. People might recognize Heather from the library where she is on the board and works part-time as a librarian. She is also a children’s book author represented by Red Fox Literary and the owner of Mountaintop Media, a social media company that assists businesses and individuals with online marketing. Noah is a beekeeper and he recently started Okanogan Organics, an organic garlic seed company. The couple have three children, Jasper, six; Elijah, 10 and Ellamae, 13. They attend the Oroville schools.

On the weekends, The Phoenix has a surprisingly large breakfast menu where everything is made from scratch, from the english muffins for the eggs benedict to the pancake batter for the four grain flapjacks.

They say, “Here at The Phoenix, we believe that every once in a while you should be able to experience and exceptional meal in an exceptional place. Just because we’re located in a ghost town it doesn’t mean you have to eat like it.”

Located not too far off in the Okanogan Highlands, just outside the town of Molson, the Phoenix offers a new destination for the community with a breakfast menu that ranges in price from 7-10 dollars.

The Phoenix Cafe and Gallery is open with a full breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon. They are open for coffee and pastries on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is best to call for weekend reservations as seating is limited. You can reach them anytime at (509) 485-3322 and you can find them on Facebook at The Phoenix Cafe and Gallery. They’re located at 31 Mary Ann Creek Rd. in Molson.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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