Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 23, 2014

Buckley mainstay has new owners

BUCKLEY — The goal is simple for Tracy Cinco and Lance Jewett: Offer a small-town restaurant environment at their Main Street Café.

The couple bought the café in September from Cinco’s mother, Bonnie Hackett. Cinco and Jewett said they don’t want to change much, given Hackett’s success making the café a mainstay in this farming-based community.

“It’s exciting and new,” Cinco said. “We’ve got a lot to learn, so we are glad (Hackett) is giving us lots of advice.”

The Main Street Café offered a moving experience for Buckley residents in 1995. The café was physically moved on the back of a semi-trailer from its old location at the main intersection in Buckley to its current address on Industrial Drive, directly off M-37.

The restaurant features pizzas, broasted chicken and all kinds of “comfort foods,” Cinco said.

Jewett has a background in teaching and natural resources. He said he never imagined he’d find himself in the restaurant business. On a recent Friday morning he worked with an employee to make 44 pizzas in a couple hours for a local school.

“It’s been very rewarding and I’ve met a lot of really nice people,” Jewett said.

The restaurant remains popular with locals. A group of men sat around a table the same Friday morning; they drank coffee, shot the breeze and discussed Buckley’s latest news.

“If you only knew how many of the world’s problems were solved right here,” said Joe Schuster.

“You got to get here to kill the gossip,” joked Pete Hansen.

Cinco and Jewett said they are off to a solid start at the restaurant and asked anyone traveling to Buckley to stop in and say hello.

“We want them to feel like they are a part of the family,” Cinco said. “A comfortable, friendly, relaxing, small-town atmosphere.”



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