That is, if it were still open.
The landmark business went on the auction block this week.
Gene Hess opened the Bon Ton in January 1936. At that time, Bainbridge had a lot of traffic running through the town on U.S. 36.
"That was long before Eisenhower and the Interstate system," said Gene's son, Joe Hess.
In those days, the restaurant was an old trolley car and was open 24 hours a day. Business was brisk, with the restaurant filled daily with local residents and many travelers.
In 1945 Hess sold his business to a fellow who worked for him. The trolley car burned in 1947.
Hess, who was then in the construction business, built the building where the Bon Ton now stands, and the restaurant was back in business.
"Of course, it didn't look quite the same as now. It's been added on to since then," said Joe, who appeared before the Bainbridge Town Council recently to ask if there was anything that could be done to keep the building as a restaurant.
"I can remember going in there when I was a young boy and not having anyplace to sit because it was so crowded," said Town Marshal and Bainbridge resident Rodney Fenwick.
But, as with so many small town businesses along state highways where the traffic moved to the interstates, business at the Bon Ton fell off.
Eventually, it remained open only for breakfast and lunch.
"There are still a lot of people who go there, but people have to help them keep the doors open by going," said Joe. "When people don't go to the local business they can't keep their doors open."
The restaurant has been for sale for several years. An option to purchase it was made by a couple from Roachdale but their plans for the building are unknown.
"It's a pretty vital part of the community. We all hate to see it go," said Town Clerk Jason Hartman.
The business is zoned B-3, and that means no multi-family dwellings or single residences are allowed.
Joe's hope is that the new owners will recognize the importance of the restaurant to the community and find someone to re-open the Bon Ton.
In the meantime, he is waiting and hoping someone can come up with a viable plan to reopen the restaurant.
"Patience is a virtue and I'm afraid I'm not very virtuous," he said. "I'm hoping we can find a way to save the Bon Ton and find it soon."
If the potential buyer's bid is not accepted, local residents hope some plan can be put together to save the restaurant. If the bid is taken, they hope the new buyers will consider finding a way to keep the restaurant in Bainbridge open.
"We tend to forget to take care of our own," Fenwick said. "People go to the big superstores in Avon and then eat there. We get busy and forget to take time to support local business. We're about to lose something we really did value and just realized how much."