The New Downtowne Grill and Coffee
Sarah and Dan Goyette, owners of Downtowne Grill and Coffee, moved to Talent from Ashland after they became engaged 12 years ago. What follows is the true account of how the two met, married, bought a coffeehouse, had a vision of expanding their business concept, and then patiently made that dream a reality...oh, and they also had a baby during the thick of the remodel (Evan Ocean Goyette, born August 16, 2014; welcome to Talent, little buddy!).
Dan has been a mocha drinker since 1996, when he tried a local drive-thru coffee stand near his home in Welches, Oregon (on Mt. Hood), he was hooked from then on. Dan estimates that he has drunk more than 6,000 mochas and counting!
Sarah (who was born on 3rd Street here in Talent) worked as a coffee barista at La Baguette Bakery in Ashland, where she and Dan met. Dan used to live just around the corner and would come in daily for his fix of coffee and Sarah's company.
The idea of owning a coffeehouse had been on Dan's mind for some time, in part because he figured he could get his mochas at cost that way. When they moved to Talent, Dan became a regular at Downtowne Coffee. When the owners decided to sell the business, Sarah and Dan got in line, and to their delight they became the new owners in August of 2006.