Cold Rush Café Grand Opening May 12-15th

DOWNIEVILLE – Downieville’s iconic Cold Rush Café ( is holding its Grand Opening from May 12-15th to celebrate its new ownership. Four local friends came together to form a partnership, which they call Empire Creek Provisions, which focuses on keeping year-round businesses alive in their remote community in Sierra County, which largely is supported by seasonal tourism. Located in the historic “gold” building that once housed the 1950s-era Quartz Café in the quaint mountain town—200 Main Street, Downieville, CA—Cold Rush Café is one of the first sights for visitors as they drive eastbound along Highway 49 & the Scenic Yuba River Byway as they enter the pioneer town of Downieville, CA. This gourmet coffee shop, cafe, and ice cream parlor is just steps away from the confluence of the emerald green waters of the Downie and North Yuba Rivers where families stop to picnic, swim, spend their family vacation, mountain bike, or simply relax along the sandy shores and shaded banks.

Cold Rush has been operating under a “soft opening” in April and May of 2022 to prepare for the summer season, but is excited to relaunch the café and introduce new hours and new menu items for breakfast and lunch including a variety of bakery items, organic grab-and-go goods, and bagels with a variety spreads. This summer, Cold Rush plans on opening their Build-Your-Own (BYO) Sandwich Bar for lunch options. “We’re excited to welcome guests year round, seven days a week, and to carry as many fresh and organic ingredients as possible. We aim to carry on the tradition of Cold Rush Cafe, and the spirit of Quartz Cafe before that. A community hub, a gathering place to connect, socialize and make memories.” said Sonya Ziegler Meline, investor in Cold Rush Cafe.

New items to look out for include loose leaf New Zealand Sunny Slopes Tea, a refreshing fruit tisane option made of dried fruits including kiwi and strawberry. Also enjoy the decadent avocado toast which includes Dave’s Killer Bread, everything bagel seasoning, olive oil drizzle, and organic arugula. Many classic menu items are also available for long standing customers to enjoy, including favorites such as the White Chocolate Lavender Latte, Espresso Milkshake, and the organic chocolate mochas.

The crew at Cold Rush is also excited to introduce their signature blended drinks they call Rushies in varieties that include green tea, espresso, mocha, chai, and the local’s favorite, the dirty chai which includes two shots of espresso with a spiced chai tea. All Rushies and drinks are offered with a variety of alternative milks including oat, almond, hemp, and more.

Café Moto is the premier roaster Cold Rush utilizes for their coffee and espresso beverages. They are a California-based family owned supplier of fairtrade, solarpower roasted, and organic coffee and tea since 1990. Many Cafe Moto sources include women-owned co-ops – and their brew ratio of 16:1 percolates rich flavor & fragrant aroma for their diverse products.

The Cold Rush ice cream bar stocks 12 different flavors from a variety of premium brands to satiate summertime cravings and has a plethora of titillating toppings and sauces to make your treat extra sweet! A signature topping includes golden star sprinkles to honor the gold rush history of Sierra County.

Some things to look forward to at this weekend’s opening event include free mini ice cream cones, coffee drinks, tea, and discounted food items as well as a raffle for a “Coffee-a-day for a Month” giveaway and other baskets.

Customers are also encouraged to join the Rush Club by asking Cold Rush baristas for a Rush Club Card – Buy 10 drinks and get the 11th free. “We hope to welcome our community to join in the fun. It’s a low key way to celebrate a small business in our community! I hope to see everyone come down and grab a gourmet coffee, a frosty treat, or swing by for a friendly chat this weekend, or any day of the week!” said general manager, Max Ryan.

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