When former NBA star John Salley agreed to partner with Terrance and Shiloh Thimodeaux on a restaurant, he said it has to be vegan.
“I’ve got to live with my truth,” said Salley.
Terrance and Shiloh agreed, and the result is Cafe Organix, a new vegan restaurant on Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino.
Cafe Organix serves sandwiches and breakfast items for $10-$15, as well as smoothies, coffee drinks, and juices.
The couple are entrepreneurs with an interest in holistic and CBD products. They met Salley, a Los Angeles area resident, at a product event in Hollywood and discovered they were on the same page for the kind of restaurant they wanted to bring to San Bernardino, the three said in an interview before a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cafe Organix last week.
“Our goal is to lift up or community, and this is a great way to do so,” said Shiloh Thimodeaux. “It just made us sad every time they put up a new fast food restaurant, and we wanted to give people better options.”
“It’s an hour and 10 minutes from my house. It’s the best hour and 10 minutes,” Salley said. “I get to see the mountains, I get to see the highway, and I like it out here.”
Salley is a four-time NBA champion. His basketball career lasted from 1986 to 2002. He played with the Detroit Pistons, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls before ending his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and another championship.
He is also a raw vegan, meaning he avoids processed foods. But he said nobody should be scared off by the terms, and that everything on the menu at Cafe Organix is recognizable and appealing to vegans and non-vegan alike.
“People eat vegan food all the time. They have pasta, fruit drinks, coffee without milk.”
The restaurant is only a few miles from Loma Linda, a blue zone known for its long life expectancy. In the early 1900s, the city became a center for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which has many members who are vegetarian and pursue healthy diets.
“I love that there’s so many vegetarians here,” Salley said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I like that we’re in a blue zone. If you’re in a blue zone, you might as well have green food.”
Where: 420 E. Hospitality Lane, Suite A10,San Bernardino
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily