Some Nevada County restaurants made it through the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic downturn successfully. Others were not so lucky.
 
Locals had to say goodbye to some of their favorite haunts this year, including Grass Valley’s Old Town Café which shuttered in June. The restaurant’s owner Robin Buckman told The Union at the time that the closure was the result of his inability to obtain a lease from the owners of the building, the Independent order of Grass Valley Odd Fellows Lodge #12.
 
The diner had been plagued with controversy surrounding its stance on COVID-19 regulations, and in 2020, the storefront was vandalized. The offenders painted curse words and language expressing dissatisfaction with Donald Trump.