A beloved landmark is closing its doors after 45 years of providing many weary truckers a cozy atmosphere, friendly-smile, not to mention a delicious home-cooked meal.
Pinecrest Restaurant and Truck Stop, located on Highway 7 in Ontario, Canada opened in 1969 when coffee and a slice of toast cost only 25 cents. Owners Kay and Bill Nikolakakos, both from Greece but only met soon after arriving in Canada, have since then worked hard to build up a loyal clientele.
Truck drivers from all over North America stop out of their way to visit the welcoming staff who’s known to remember names, make light-hearted small talk and even send out Christmas cards to their customers, who they regard as family.
“Its very emotional for us, because we’ve been open for 45 years,” Kay said.
Many drivers will be sad to see it go as well. A homey décor, affordable non-greasy food, and a collection of over 300 souvenir plates from all over the world made the restaurant comfortable and charming, but the dedication and big hearts of the people who work there will be missed the most.
Kay cited the challenge to keep business coming in due to the area’s heavy construction as a reason for permanently closing instead of handing down the restaurant to someone else. They wouldn’t be able to keep it open, she said.
The establishment, which is Toronto’s oldest family-owned truck stop, will officially close on Aug. 2, so patrons are encouraged to stop and say hello one last time.