The Grand Cafe - Susanville, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 40° 25.097 W 120° 39.658
10T E 698444 N 4476811
Quick Description: This historical marker is one of two located on this block on Main Street in downtown Susanville.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2015 9:29:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMNTTA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
Views: 2

Long Description:
Located in front of this vintage cafe is a historical marker that reads:

THE GRAND CAFE

ESTABLISHED IN 1909, THE GRAND WAS FIRST OPERATED BY KWAN WONG. IN 1912, THE GRAND MOVED TO THIS LOCATION AND IN 1921 SAM VOCANOVICH AND STEVE SARGENT BECAME THE NEW OWNERS. THE ORIGINAL BUILDING COLLAPSED IN 1934 FROM CONSTRUCTION NEXT DOORS AND THE GRAND REOPENED IN THIS BUILDING IN 1935 WITH STEVE SARGENT AT THE HELM, AND ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE, HELEN. FOR OVER SEVENTY YEARS THE SARGENT FAMILY HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO SERVING THE PUBLIC'S NEEDS.

DEDICATED AUGUST 7, 1993
NEVER SWEAT CHAPTER NO. 1863
E CLAMPUS VITUS

A flyer hanging in the cafe window advertises a book on the history of this cafe and the intro reads:

Remembering the Grand Cafe

Once upon a time at the height of the Great Depression, a young couple in a far-away town in northeastern California opened a small diner. They called it the Grand Cafe. Although they worked very hard, they had no idea that their dream would consume their entire lives, and make the residents of that small town very, very happy. In the years since World War II, Ike elected twice, Kennedy assassinated, Vietnam forgotten and Reagan inaugurated, they forgot one minor detail: keeping up with the times. Their little diner still looks pretty much like the one they opened in 1935. It's hard to tell whether this place is a diner or a museum. You decide.

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