Our Daily Bread began as a bakery in 1997 after being converted from a long-standing church building. In 2006, the Perkins family began operating a full-service restaurant. This narrative is adapted from an article in the Autumn 2014, Artifact, the newsletter for the Lane County Historical Society (Baron, P. & Card, D.)
“Perched on a rise just south of the intersection of Highway 126 and old Territorial Highway sits the well-known historic church-turned-bakery and restaurant, the aptly named Our Daily Bread. In many respects, this is a good example of adaptive reuse, for this old Pentecostal Church has become a destination point in Veneta for visitors and an iconic presence along this historic route.
While the actual age and original siting of the building remain a puzzle, this much we know: According to former pastor Rev. Gary Saner, the Veneta Pentecostal Church of God bought around 1945, disassembled and moved it and rebuilt on this site using the numbered pieces. However, their records are not clear as to where they bought it, but with the belief it may have been a chapel on a WWII military base, perhaps Camp Adair or Camp White, which was now “war surplus.” They also built an adjacent parsonage with lumber thought to have been salvaged from the same army base. The Pentecostals used this as their church until 1990 when they built their new home on Jeans Road.”
“The former church building stood vacant for a few years. A local art group, the Applegate Art Guild, used it as a gallery for a time. Eventually, it became vacant and in 1996 the owner put it up for sale.
That’s where current owners Rick and Linda DeAngelo entered the picture. Rick says the first time he saw the little building he fell in love with it and knew he had to have it. While theirs was not the highest bid, it was sold to them because the DeAngelo’s would take care of it. While the building became Rick’s passion, Linda had a passion to run a bakery.
After first leasing out the building as a coffee shop it eventually opened as Our Daily Bread bakery in 1997. With its popularity growing, Linda’s bakery expanded into a restaurant. In the meantime, Rick went to work on the building which had to be remodeled to serve in its new role. To make this adaptive reuse possible, he created an addition which now houses the kitchen, took out a false ceiling, rebuilt walls, and, with the exception of some of the electrical and plumbing elements, designed and built all this himself. He also rebuilt the old parsonage into a lovely reception hall, and connected it to the main building.
During the remodeling, DeAngelo found many signs confirming its history, including rough-cut lumber in the walls, knob and tube wiring, and even square nails. He opened up the alcoves at the front – the alcove on the northeast corner of the main building was the original location of the church’s restrooms and the alcove on the south side was used as a nursery during church services.
In his most ambitious project, he added the front porch and the steeple, with a bell tower housing a bell, which came from Wisconsin. DeAngelo created it in a style that is congruent with the remainder of the building as well as typical churches from around the country, such as that iconic pair up the road in Franklin.
The DeAngelos still own the building. However, they closed Our Daily Bread in 2005. In 2006, the business reopened under new ownership and continues today as a restaurant and bakery. A historic country church has become a beautiful, popular restaurant.” (Artifact)
The people at Our Daily Bread work together, supporting each other in providing excellent service and quality products in an environment of warmth, appealing to all the senses and encouraging the gathering of community.