Owned and operated by Brandon and Shawn Perry since 1998, the brothers have sold their Central Avenue restaurant and bar to Jacobo Gallegos of Tracy. The new owner said he plans to keep the downtown business the same, but wants to eventually add a nightclub to the venue’s second floor.
“I’m excited,” Gallegos said. “The restaurant will stay the same — same food. The bottom will be the same, as it is, and the second floor, we are planning to get a nightclub.
Gallegos said he doesn’t know when the club will open, however, as he is still working out the permit process with the city.
“I hope the time is right,” he said.
Having owned a Mexican restaurant in Chicago, Gallegos said he was looking for something to do after he moved his family to Tracy in May. He said he looked around and liked the downtown area, and learned The Great Plate was for sale.
“I wanted to get my own restaurant,” he said. “I was waiting for this month to get here, and finally (it’s here).”
Shawn Perry will stay on as a consultant to the new owner, but his brother Brandon said he is completely severing ties.
“When it came right down to it, right time to do it,” said Brandon Perry, who moved his family to Truckee last year.
“It’s bittersweet for me to be leaving the loyal customers and loyal staff,” he said, “but also starting something different for me and my family.”
A lover of the great outdoors, he said he and his family often vacationed in Truckee to ski and bike, and they decided it was time to relocate.
Sad to see his ownership of The Great Plate come to an end, Brandon Perry said he will miss meeting and hanging out with the locals who called the restaurant their second home.
Shawn said he isn’t ready to leave the business just yet, and he plans to help the new owner.
“I figure it behooves them to use some of my knowledge,” Shawn Perry said. “I’m no expert at it, but I have a track record. I want them to succeed.”
“I have mixed emotions on selling,” he said. “We’ve gone through good times, and gone through bad times; — uphill battle all these years. But we’ve done OK. It’s a home, neighborhood hangout for a lot of people.
“It’s tough — kind of hard (to leave) — but I’m not separating 100 percent. I’m going to miss it, but I’m still going to be around a little bit.”
According to Gallegos, the staff of eight full-time and 20 part-time employees will remain until further notice.
Marketing manager Mike Corbett, who also plans to stay on, said The Great Plate has a lot of potential to grow.
“I’m sure they have lots and lots of ideas that will be revealed later,” Corbett said. “I’m anxious to learn about it. Good things happening downtown … Plate will always be here.”
Although the former owners were unwilling to discuss sale details, BusinessesForSale.com listed The Great Plate’s selling price at $157,000. The deal also noted that the price was only for the restaurant and bar, and that the former owners would remain the building’s landlords and rent the builspaceding for $3,500 per month.