"Cook, waitress, dishwasher ... when you're the owner, you have to learn them all," Donna Bauer said.
Bauer and her husband, Bob, have owned and run Tuck's Cafe for the past 23 years. On Thursday, they turn the cafe over to Kevin Schoenherr, the new owner.
The Bauers will stick around and help Schoenherr become acquainted with the business.
"Heâs a local hometown boy," Donna said. "I hope the people will support him like they supported us."
For the Bauers, Tuckâs wasnât a second home, it was the first home. The family lived above the restaurant for ten years.
Donna remembered walking Jill, her oldest daughter, to her first day of school.
"I walked her across the highway. I cried all the way home," Donna said. "It seems just like yesterday. Now, she's grown up and going to have a baby of her own."
When the Bauers began 23 years ago, they were looking for a place of their own. Bob considered farming and trucking. He even looked at a bar, but "never considered" the restaurant business.
The Bauers bought Tuck's and took over in January of 1973.
This afternoon (Aug. 28) from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., there is an appreciation/ retirement celebration with coffee and cookies at Tuck's Cafe.
And, anyone who knows more Tuck's history is welcome to come in and share his or her knowledge with the new and old owners of the cafe.
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