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New owner set to take over Betty's Restaurant

January 30, 2001

New owner set to take over Betty's Restaurant



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - A Shepherdstown landmark goes under new management Thursday, but the new owner of Betty's Restaurant on German Street said she doesn't plan to change much.

"I've always wanted my own business," said Regina Northcraft, 52, who moved to the Shepherdstown area in 1987. "But when I made the move, it had to be the right business at the right location. And Betty's is that business.'

Betty Osbourn is leaving the business today after opening it in March 1959. Her eyesight is getting worse and she felt it was time to sell the business and retire.

Northcraft said she's had to make some changes to meet Jefferson County Health Department requirements, including the addition of a restroom and sinks, improved lighting and other changes.

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But she said the name will remain the same, as will much of the menu.

"Betty's just an awesome person," said Northcraft, who has worked as a waitress and cook in restaurants and most recently managed the 7-11 in Shepherdstown. "Keeping the name is something I can do for her. And it's something I can give to Shepherdstown."

Along with the name, Northcraft will inherit a restaurant full of regulars, many of whom have been coming for years and find the homey, unpretentious atmosphere of Betty's exactly to their liking. That also will remain unchanged, Northcraft said.

"I just want to keep 'em happy," Northcraft said of the regulars. "There's no place in Shepherdstown to get home-cooked meals except Betty's. Everybody seems real excited about this. They seem to be a great bunch of people. Everybody is anxious for us to take over."

Osbourn usually closed at 2 p.m. Northcraft said she plans to keep it open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. She's going to add some items to the menu, such as bagels in the morning and salads later in the day.

Osbourn and her long-time waitress, Elca Frye, both will be leaving. But Northcraft's daughter, Heather Renaud, will be the main waitress. Northcraft is interviewing for other help.

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