In its place by the middle of October will be a Black Bear Diner, one of a growing number of restaurants in a group that originally came out of Alaska.
Mike Bogetti, who has owned and operated Tracy Orchard with his brother, Albert Bogetti Jr., and their father, Albert Bogetti Sr., since November 1983, said the Black Bear franchise owner has bought the Orchard building lease.
The building, originally constructed by the Bogettis, is now owned by the Toste family, which has always owned the property on Toste Road south of Grant Line Road.
“It would have been 27 years in November that we operated the Tracy Orchard,” Mike Bogetti said. “That’s a good run in the restaurant business, and it’s time to move on.”
He said that during most of those years, the restaurant has been managed by Helga Shupe, a veteran of the food-service business.
Bogetti said that during the week, the clientele has been evenly divided between local customers and Interstate 205 travelers. On weekends, customers off the freeway have been the majority. Breakfasts are an especially popular meal, he noted.
Rod Toste, who manages the family’s properties, said that after the Tracy Orchard serves its last customer Sunday, the building of about 5,000 square feet will be closed for at least a month while it is remodeled into a Black Bear Diner. Shupe predicted an Oct. 15 opening.
“The Black Bear people hope to be open by mid-October,” Toste said. “Their décor is rustic — with wood and logs — in line with the Alaskan origins of the restaurant group. Both the interior and exterior of the building will have a new look.”
Food at the Black Bear will be “down-home fare” with ample portions, Toste said. The restaurants have been popular with families.