New ownership, same hometown feel

The Cyphert family, (pictured above) from left, Jonathan (22), Carter (8), Chelbie (16), Kaylee (14) and parents Emily and Charlie, took ownership Sept. 1 of one of Toledo’s favorite eating establishments — Timbers Restaurant & Lounge. Timbers Restaurant & Lounge, (pictured left) continues its more than 30-year tradition of serving traditional American fare for breakfast lunch and dinner. Customers often rave about the Timber Super Burger, which comes with bacon, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. It’s photographed here with a side of Timbers’ onion rings. (Photos by Jeremy Burke)

Timbers Restaurant & Lounge continues rich tradition

TOLEDO — It’s no big secret among locals that for almost 40 years, the place to gather with friends and family over a home-style meal, enjoy an adult beverage and take in a uniquely Toledo experience is Timbers Restaurant & Lounge.

Timbers, a staple of this tight-knit community located at 181 S Main St., is now under new ownership. But new Timbers owners Emilee and Charlie Cyphert promise they’re providing customers the same great food and excellent customer service that regulars keep coming back for.

“We really respect the name that Timbers has made for itself throughout the years,” Emilee told the News-Times recently. “I guess we really wanted to keep that old feeling the place has always had, but we also wanted to bring in a little of our style, too.”

She said the transition into a new ownership group was eased by Timbers’ regular customers, who’ve quickly endeared themselves to the Cypherts.

“We definitely could not have done this without our customers,” Emilee said. “The already established clientele has been really supportive and welcomed us with open arms. And it’s pretty amazing just how quickly most of them have become just like family to us already.”

The Cypherts began floating the idea of purchasing Timbers from then-owner Dick Wood in October 2019. At the time, Charlie was director of sales for Depoe Bay Brewing Co., and he made usual deliveries to Timbers. But Emilee said he’d always dreamt of expanding the family’s horizons.

They agreed to buy the business in January and had scheduled a meeting with attorneys and the previous owner to finalize the transaction in mid March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to change life as we knew it.

“So, we tabled the sale, and they kept ownership while we were getting to know everybody and learning the ropes,” Emilee said. “But after six months went by, the temporary permits with the city were beginning to come to an end, so it was now or never.”

The Cypherts took ownership of Timbers on Sept. 1, with Charlie jumping in feet first and running the business full time from day one, and Emilee recently joining the full-time ranks following a 17-yard career with the Lincoln County Juvenile Department. And though the owners are new, the Timbers hasn’t lost the feel that earned the business its solid reputation.

“We’re going to add some new items, like some more specialty burgers and wraps, and we’re making a few cosmetic changes,” Emilee said. “But what we want to do is keep our focus on family, friends and industry. That’s our slogan: family, friends and industry.”

Current Timbers’ favorites aren’t disappearing from the menu anytime soon. Some of the classics that keep Timbers’ regular customers coming back for more include its 1/3-pound bacon cheeseburger, the ever-popular chicken-fried steak breakfast and its gargantuan chef’s salad. Folks looking for all-American tastes can also enjoy other traditional favorites, such as the BLT and French dip sandwiches. 

Dinner entrees include seafood specialties, such as deep-fried prawns and fish and chips. Or go ahead and dive into a fried-chicken dinner, grilled pork chops or a 10-ounce flat iron steak.

And don’t forget to try one of Timbers’ legendary milkshakes. They’re offered in seven flavors and are always a hit with customers of all ages.

And despite statewide pandemic guidelines that have limited Timbers’ hours of business to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week for take-out orders and curbside pickup only, the Cypherts plan on maintaining the same great offerings and customer service Timbers built its reputation upon. 

Find Timbers’ Facebook page, which features the restaurant’s complete menu, or call the business at 541-336-3272 to place an order.

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