Krystal Jo’s Diner operator to offer enterprise, new glance and name in the performs

FLINT, MI — The owner of a longtime restaurant in Flint, recognised for its delicious breakfast and solid ties to the group, is selling the small business right after 13 several years.

Tony Tucker, proprietor of Krystal Jo’s Diner, said the business is in the procedure of staying bought to Aaron Sajdak.

“I never imagined I would at any time provide it, but I received the chance to mainly do a dream position, with every thing likely on with COVID, I took the occupation,” Tucker reported.

The restaurant, 3616 Fenton Road, has been shuttered since the starting of the coronavirus pandemic in March. About a month afterwards, Tucker was approached about filling the position of government director for Aged Newsboys of Flint soon after the earlier executive director Chris Hamilton died on March 1.

Tucker was mates with Hamilton for just about a 10 years, he explained.

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“For calendar year one particular, for the most element, I’m just attempting to observe the traditions and maintain the relationships that they’ve experienced,” Tucker claimed of his new function.

While Tucker under no circumstances saw himself selling the company, he realized he could not do both of those employment, he mentioned. The restaurant was a person of the techniques he related to the neighborhood. Each individual 12 months, Tucker would obtain bikes, resolve them up and give them absent to small children in the community. In excess of the past 8 decades years, almost 7,000 bikes have been given away.

“The bicycle thing variety of place me on the map,” Tucker explained. “It sort of told the group who we ended up and what we’re about, which is essentially how I ended up acquiring the awareness from the Outdated Newsboys.”

Tucker stated in the very last number of months he made a decision he was going to provide the company. In the course of those months of what he describes as a “forced gradual down” because of to a global health disaster, he felt that he was ready for improve, Tucker stated.

“I’ve been paying out extra time with my loved ones here in the previous 6 months than I experience like I have in the last 6 decades,” Tucker said. “I’ve bought a 7-12 months-aged boy and I’ve often been household just about every evening, but now I’m concerned.”

In 2019, the diner was part of MLive’s search for Michigan’s Best Diner. Some of the menu objects highlighted by the lookup include the nation common omelette, Tony’s spicy chicken wrap and the deer camp burger, it characteristics jalapenos stuffed into the burger and topped with fried onions, jalapeno cream cheese, lettuce and tomato.

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The menu for the new restaurant will stay the very same, but there are designs to remodel pieces of the company this sort of as incorporating a new bar, tile, backsplash and front door, Sajdak stated.

Two yrs in the past, Sajdak explained he noticed the restaurant and even pondered managing it sometime. As destiny would have it, his prophetic thoughts grew to become a fact and a “longtime dream” of his would appear true when he saw the for sale sign posted on the doorways of the diner.

“I’ve cooked for family outings and things like that,” Sajdak stated. “I’ve worked for a catering organization in advance of but not genuinely on this degree.”

Sajdak also ideas to identify the new restaurant Flint Cafe, but desires to get some feedback from the group about the name before he makes a remaining choice.

Sajdak, born and elevated in Detroit, has lived all above the place because of his “Army brat” life-style. Nevertheless, he’s setting up to transfer to the Flint region quickly, he mentioned.

“I am happy to be a section of the community and I will do my best to make it (the restaurant) come to feel like property,” Sajdak reported.

Plans for the new cafe to open up are slated for right after the New Year.

“He (Sajdak) has some actually awesome thoughts and basically wants to honor Flint with it, with Flint art operate,” Tucker reported. ” He’s a pretty bold dude. He’s going to make some big moves in there.”

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