New Lothrop (12/4/17) The owners of a well-known Mid-Michigan restaurant say the business is being sold at auction. They say they're getting older and they want to sell Gracies Country Inn.
Gracie's has been open since 1972, It's the crown jewel of New Lothrop.
"It's going to serve the new owner quite well," said Troy Crowe of Sheridan Realty and Auction.
Gracie's has been in the Besaw family for 45 years.
My mom is Gracie. She started this in 1972. I bought my mom out in 1999," said Cliff Besaw.
Customers who visited Gracie's never went away hungry.
"It was home cooking. It was big steaks, big salad bar. The generation has changed. The younger generation doesn't eat that style anymore," said Besaw.
"They'd rather go to Logan's or Lucky's rather than drive out a half hour for dinner," said Trisha Besaw, the restaurant manager.
Age is catching up with Besaw and his wife.
"My wife just turned 60. I'll be 60 in two months and I farm 1,800 acres. I want to get rid of one business," said Besaw.
The liquor license will go to the new owner. Trisha is willing to stay on to keep the ball rolling. Her advice is to reduce the floor space.
'Downsize the building. Make it more of a bar atmosphere," said Trisha Besaw.
Through an on-line auction, prospective buyers can place a bid on the restaurant and bar.
'The bid currently when I left the office was $100,000 which was the opening bid," said Crowe.
The auction ends at 7pm on December 21.