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07 Aug 2012

Suisun City Landmark Bab's Delta Diner for Sale, Not Closing

Bab's Delta Diner patrons by the Daily RepublicBy Danny Bernardini, Daily Republic

SUISUN CITY — When Babs Curless decided not to comment for a recent article about her landmark diner being for sale, she had no idea the headaches her silence would cause.

With nothing to go on besides the diner being put on the market, customers thought the worst and many mistook the news that the waterfront breakfast and lunch spot was closing.

Curless said that couldn’t be further from the truth and that she is merely waiting for a buyer who will take over Babs Delta Diner and not change a thing. She said that could take a year or two. The asking price for the two-story restaurant/upstairs apartment is $1 million.

“Everybody’s been talking about it. It’s quite a mess. I want to verify that we are open and will be when I sell,” Curless said. “When I sell, it’s going to take me quite a while. I’m going to have to train someone. They will never know I’m gone.”

The 79-year-old said her age is finally catching up to her and she can’t run the place like she could when it opened in 1990 on Common Street. Curless bought the land and building on Kellogg Street in 1995 when the city recruited her to move the restaurant there. Looking for more space to feed more bellies, Curless jumped at the opportunity. She even negotiated building a residence above, where she currently lives.

“I’ll be 80 this December. I cannot stand and take a whole shift,” she said. “I don’t feel that much in control if I’m not there.”

That history in an area that has since been built around Babs has brought regulars, many of whom were shocked to hear the place was for sale. One of those, David Machado, was just finishing a meal when he heard the news, which didn’t go over well. Like Curless, Machado said he’d hate to see anything change.

“Oh no. Well then, I’m going to ask her for a loan,” Machado joked, gesturing to a friend. “I don’t think anything is broke, so whoever buys it better not fix it. If they mess with the iced tea, I’m going to kidney punch them.”

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