Shirley’s Café gets new owners

Joanie Moore

MANCELONA — After owning and operating two restaurants for the past several years, Shirley Tracey has decided it’s time to slow down.

Tracey’s career in food service began before she became a teenager.  Her grandparents established Avery’s Restaurant in Mancelona in 1956, and about 10 years later, her parents, Chuck and Lil, took over the business. 

“When I turned 11, I worked as a full-time dishwasher, putting in 40 hours a week during the summer,” Tracey recalled.  “Even during school, I worked and I loved it.  I was proud of who I was.”

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