History of Chacona’s Restaurant
Birth of A Fifties Diner
Nick Chacona, born on September 2, 1912, son of the late Paul and Gerogia Chacona, was a lifetime member of the Sayre Elks 1148 since 1936 he served as Exalted Ruler, Past State President, and Past District President. He served in the United States Navy in 1944, life member of the Catholic War Vets, American Legion, Sayre VFW, and life member of the Sayre Fire Department . Nick was named man of the year by Bini Brith, served on the board of directors of the Robert Packer Hospital and the First National Bank of Bradford County, past chairman of the Valley United Way, and member of the Church of the Epiphany, Sayre. Nick was the co-founder of the Sayre Little League with Tom Worthington. On September 5, 2008 Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas honored Nick with a proclamation making September 5th Nick Chacona day in Sayre.
Nick and Ozzie, his loving wife of 72 years (married in 1938), owned and operated Chacona’s Restaurant in Sayre for 70 years. Nick served as Sayre councilmen for four years, and as Mayor for 28 years.
Moving Into the 21st Century, Yet Keeping Its Integrity of a Fifties Diner
Susan and David Seck with our then teenagers Michelle and Sean purchased the restaurant in 1996.
Born and raised in the valley, the restaurant had been vacant for sometime. Being a bit nostalgic it had been a downtown landmark so we pursued purchasing the restaurant. At that time it had been red tagged and we had to go in and replace the electrical service and we worked on it for months to put our stamp on it and yet keeping its integrity of a fifties diner.
Dave's parents and grandparents were dairy farmers and Susan's Father and Grandfathers worked the railroad while Mom stayed home to raise a large family and babysit grandchildren. We know all about hard work and what a seven day work week consists of.
We are all about homemade quality food. The restaurant is known for its chili dogs that back in 1938 were seen in the front window of the adjacent building being grilled. We have since added a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
We have added a concession trailer to our business that has been utilized with our catering. We always tell everyone if you don't see it on the catering menu just ask and we usually can make it!
We have catered weddings, anniversary parties, company lunches, graduation parties as well as late night snacks..
We invite you to stop in to see the collection of pictures of the railroad and the valley as it once was.. We are proud to be a part of what it now is..