Rio Vista’s Point Restaurant to close its doors

By From page B6 | December 06, 2012

RIO VISTA — After nearly 40 years in the restaurant business, Jim Baumann will soon hang up his cookware.

Baumann will close the doors of the popular Point Restaurant at St. Joseph’s Cut next to the Sacramento River in Rio Vista on Dec. 23 after 18 years of running it and another 20 years of working there for his father, Jack Baumann, the restaurant’s previous owner.

“I am going to be taking it easy,” Baumann said. “I really don’t have any plans for what I will do.”

This does not mean the restaurant with the excellent riverfront view will be gone for good. Baumann said he is now looking for someone to take the establishment over and said he hopes to see it reopened by the end of April. He also said he plans to stay in the area because his wife, Vickie Baumann, will continue to work as a harbor master at a nearby marina.

“This is a retirement from the restaurant. My wife and I have been talking about this for a few months. The restaurant has been in the family for 49 years and I have decided that that is enough,” Baumann said.

Jack Baumann built the restaurant in 1964 and turned it into one of the top restaurants in the Sacramento River delta. Jim Baumann said running the restaurant has been great.

“We have been really, really lucky and blessed to have such a great following of customers,” he said. “We have been blessed. People have been really supportive of us and we appreciate that.”

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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