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"Big A" shows it’s still a friendly, small town

I want to share part of my Mother’s Day experience with our community, and at the same time I’m thanking, on behalf of my entire family of females, the owners of Big A Drive-In on East Main Street for making it so special.

After enjoying a movie and popcorn at the Sierra Cinemas on Mother’s Day, myself, my sister, two adult daughters and 16-year-old granddaughter took balloons and gift packages next door to the Big A for a nostalgic return to the past. A couple came out to greet us before we got too excited; to our disappointment it had been a slow day at the diner, so they closed early to let the help go home to be with their families. All the machines had been cleaned, they said, with sincere apologies. Then the man said they could make us five rootbeer floats to enjoy outside under patio umbrellas! Not only did they bring us five frosty rootbeer floats, they graciously refused payment! “On the house, Happy Mother’s Day,” they said.

They were so apologetic for having closed early. You can be sure we will be returning many times to the Big A for the 1950’s decor, great food and friendly service!

Gayle Gibson and family

Grass Valley

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