ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – After three decades, a Roseville restaurant, once owned by a former San Francisco 49er football player is closing its doors.
Bunz and Company could not make it through this tough economy.
“He cooks. I wait tables, and tend bar,” said owner Julie Sweet.
Sweet and her husband are basically doing it all.
“Right now he’s working about 9 shifts a week and I’m working about 8,” said Sweet.
It’s a popular restaurant with good food.
“This has been an icon in Roseville for as long as most people can remember,” said Sweet. “If you want a Bunz burger, now is the time.”
Now they’re closing their doors for good.
“This has been our home, our children worked here. The economy just got to us,” said Sweet.
It’s a tearful goodbye as this business was gradually being forced to operate with less.
“The economy just got to us. We started out with 25 to 30 employees, were down to 10 now,” said Sweet.
One of those employees has been on staff for 28 years.
Madge, 83, is retiring after a good run with great people.
“We had a lot of nice people come and go here, football stars and basketball stars,” said Madge.
Bunz and Company was opened by Dan Bunz, a former football player with the 49ers back in the 1980s.
The restaurant opened in 1984, and in 1999, Julie and her husband took over the business.
“We just can’t do it anymore,” said Sweet.
Being an independent during these tough financial times has left them with no other choice.
“It’s really sad because this is our home,” said Sweet.
The Sweet’s are now looking for other restaurant manager jobs, something they’ve been doing since they were teenagers. And, what they’ve built in Roseville is hard to walk away from.
“We really had good times here,” said Sweet.
The restaurant’s last day is this Thursday.