SUISUN CITY — Suisun City’s iconic waterfront restaurant will soon have a new owner.
Babs Delta Diner, which opened in 1990 and became the first waterfront business after the renovation of the area in 1995, is being purchased by Charles and Christina Han of Sunnyvale. They will take ownership within the next few weeks, according to Realtor Kevin O’Brien, the Hans and Deby Starkey, the daughter of the store’s namesake founding owner, Babs Curless.
Starkey handles day-to-day operation of the restaurant and will retire upon the completion of the sale.
“They’ve been working on it quite a while, but they’ll sign papers next week,” Starkey said.
Charles Han said the transfer will most likely take place between Thursday and Sept. 19.
No price was revealed, although real estate website www.loopnet.com listed the property at 770 Kellogg St. at $700,000 on Friday – with a notation that it was “in contract.” The sale includes the restaurant and the upstairs apartment.
Charles Han said the new owners will retain the name, menu, employees and style of the restaurant. He will bring in a new manager.
“We’re really excited,” he said Friday.
The Hans owned a similar restaurant in Hawaii for 20 years before they moved to the mainland.
Curless opened her restaurant on Common Street in 1990 and was recruited by the city to purchase land and move her business to the waterfront during a massive overhaul of the area under the city’s redevelopment agency five years later. It remains an anchor business – along with the neighboring Athenian Grill – nearly two decades later.
Curless, who turned 80 last December, put the restaurant on the market last summer.
When word leaked out that it was for sale, she told the Daily Republic, “When I sell, it’s going to take me quite a while. I’m going to have to train someone. They will never know I’m gone.”
Babs is open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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