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Historic Pyrenees Cafe has new owners

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The Pyrenees Cafe, a longtime institution in Old Town Kern, was taken on by new ownership Sept. 14 when the co-owner of Narducci's Cafe purchased it.

Julie and Rod Crawford bought the Pyrenees Cafe, at 601 Sumner St., and reopened it Oct. 4 after a temporary closure for renovations.

The Crawfords added new flooring, new drywall, new ceilings, recovered bar stools and painted the inside and outside of the building. However, they say they saved the original fixtures and sought to preserve the general appeal.

The couple also purchased the parking lot and say they plan to add new lighting and fencing in the lot.

None of the 12 employees at the restaurant will be lose their jobs due to the change in ownership, the Crawfords said.

"We wanted (Pyrenees) because I know we can make it great, like it used to be," Julie Crawford said. "I love this neighborhood for the history of these iconic places."

The Pyrenees Cafe originally opened in 1899, she said.

Julie Crawford said she plans to keep the restaurant a family-style affair with its traditional Basque menu, but there will be some changes to the menu.

Julie Crawford, who currently co-owns Narducci's Cafe with Jimmy Narducci, declined to give the restaurant's selling price.

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